THREE teenage boys have been arrested and charged after allegedly trying to start a bushfire in the NSW Blue Mountains, west of Sydney, just hours after a total fire ban was enforced across the state.
As dozens of fires burned out of control across the state’s east coast on Wednesday, three 16-year-old boys allegedly lit a fire at the base of a cliff near Wattlecliffe Drive at Blaxland.
The boys allegedly tried smothering the fire after they were confronted and challenged by local residents, but instead caused the flames to spread.
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Firefighters needed to be called in the extinguish the blaze before it took hold of the surrounding bush.
The three 16-year-old boys were arrested at the scene and taken to Springwood Police Station where they were each charged with ‘intentionally light fire and be reckless to its spread’.
They were all released on conditional bail and are due to appear in a Children’s Court next month.
Police are reminding members of the public to check with the NSW Rural Fire Service before lighting fires as Total Fire Bans may be in place.