A 52-YEAR-OLD man has been charged with deliberately lighting a bushfire in northern NSW.
It comes after three 16-year-old boys were arrested and charged with starting a fire in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney, on a day of dangerous fire weather earlier this week.
Police allege the 52-year-old man set fire to bushland on a property off the Bruxner Highway at Tabulam, about 65km west of Casino, on Wednesday afternoon.
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The Rural Fire Service was called and managed to extinguished the blaze but not before it spread through more than 12ha of bushland.
Following inquiries by detectives from Richmond Police District and Rural Crime Investigators, the 52-year-old man was arrested at a property at Tabulam yesterday afternoon.
He was taken to Casino Police Station and charged with intentionally causing a fire and being reckless to its spread. He’ll appear in Casino Local Court in October.
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