Two 16-year-old boys have accidentally started a major blaze north of Newcastle.
They told police they lit a campfire in the Shoal Bay area near Port Stephens before 1:00PM (AEDT) on Saturday. Only problem is there is a total fire ban in place.
The fire spread out of control and burnt out an acre of bushland.
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The boys were placed under citizens arrest until the police got there.
They will be dealt with under the Young Offenders Act.