Man charged with starting blaze during Sydney’s total fire ban

A MAN has been charged after allegedly lighting a fire in a Sydney park during today’s total fire ban.

Police and Fire and Rescue NSW were called to Macquarie Place Park, at the intersection of Bridge and Loftus Streets, around 6.30am this morning, following reports of a small deliberately-lit grass fire.

Upon arrival, police spoke with a man at the park who was allegedly found in possession of a cigarette lighter.


The 31-year-old was arrested at the scene and taken to Day Street Police Station.

He has since been charged with fail to comply with total fire ban order, cause or set fire to the property of another, fail to comply with terms of notice erected by council, and give a false name.

He has been refused bail to appear at Parramatta Bail Court today.