A MAN is due to appear in court today after allegedly lighting a bushfire in the NSW Northern Tablelands area.
The 57-year-old was arrested at a home in Dorrigo about 7am yesterday, after detectives from the Financial Crimes Squad’s Arson Unit launched an investigation into the suspicious blaze which destroyed about 180 square metres of bush on Coramba Road on Monday 19 August.
The man was taken to Coffs Harbour Police Station, where he has since been charged with two counts of intentionally cause fire and be reckless as to its spread, and two counts of possess prohibited drug.
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It comes as fire crews continue to battle blazes across NSW, with fires in Bees Nest, near Armidale, and Drake, near Tenterfield.
Conditions on the fire ground have eased at Drake and the fire has been downgraded to Advice level, but the fire is continuing to spread in a number of directions due to winds and local terrain.
The fire has burnt more than 43,400 hectares and is not yet under control, with residents in the area being urged to follow their bushfire survival plans.
The blaze at Bees Nest has also been downgraded to Advice level, however the fire is still burning north of Ebor and to the north west of Dorrigo.
Firies remain on scene working to protect properties in the area, with people in the areas of Billys Creek, Tyringham, Marengo, Moonpar, Dundarrabin or Bostobrick also urged to put their bush fire survival plan into action.
“The fire is currently more than 66,500 hectares and is out of control,” the NSW Rural Fire Service said.
Meanwhile, a fire is also burning in bushland in the Yuraygir National Park and Shark Creek area, south of Yamba.
It’s currently burning to the north and south of the villages of Angourie and Wooloweyah, although conditions are easing and the immediate threat to properties has also settled.
If you believe you or your property is under threat, call Triple Zero 000 immediately.
For information on road closures, visit the Live Traffic NSW website at livetraffic.rta.nsw.gov.au.