Images Released In Western Sydney Bushfire Investigation
Police from Blue Mountains Police Area Command have released images of a man and a vehicle which they seek to identify as part of the investigation into a suspicious bushfire in the Blue Mountains in February.
About 1pm on Thursday 15 February 2018, emergency services responded to a scrub fire in bushland between Knapsack Reserve and Mitchells Pass, at Glenbrook.
A crime scene was established and examined by specialist forensic officers.
The fire is being treated as suspicious and detectives from Blue Mountains Police Area Command have been investigating.
As part of that investigation, police have now released images of a man who they believe can assist with the investigation, and images of a vehicle which police wish to identify, as part of the investigation.
The man is depicted in the images is described as 170cm tall, and slightly overweight.
Police are urging anyone with information about the fires or the man or vehicle in the images to call Springwood detectives on (02) 4751 0299 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Police are also reminding people that they could face penalties if found responsible for the lighting of bushfires – accidental or otherwise.
Penalties relating to bushfires under the NSW Crimes Act, the Rural Fires Act, and Rural Fires Regulation include:
- Damaging property with the intention of endangering life – up to 25 years imprisonment;
- Manslaughter – up to 25 years imprisonment;
- Starting a bushfire and being reckless as to its spread – up to 14 years imprisonment;
- Lighting a fire when a total fire ban is in place – up to 12 months imprisonment and/or a $5500 fine;
- Not putting out a fire that you have lit – up to 12 months imprisonment and/or a $5500 fine;
- Failing to comply with a bush fire hazard reduction notice – up to 12 months imprisonment and/or a $5500 fine;
- Light or use a tobacco product within 15m of any stack of grain, hay corn, straw or any standing crop, dry grass or stubble field – up to a $5500 fine.