Police are warning people to take care, and have reactivated their bushfire arson investigation unit, as a heatwave hits NSW.
The Bureau of Meteorology has warned that temperatures could reach the high 30s in the coming days for large parts of the state.
People are advised to take precautions to ensure they stay healthy in the heat by:
• Staying well hydrated;
• Avoiding alcohol and hot or sugary drinks;
• Limiting your physical activity; and,
• Trying to stay out of the sun during the hottest part of the day.
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The NSW Rural Fire Service warns that given the hot conditions forecast for some parts of the State, total fire-bans remain in place for the following regions:
* Eastern Riverina;
* Southern Riverina; and,
* Northern Riverina.
Meanwhile, detectives from the State Crime Command have re-activated Strike Force Tronto, the bushfire arson investigation unit, to deal with any suspicious bushfires that arise over the coming months.
Strike Force Tronto, comprised of detectives from the Property Crime Squad’s Arson Unit, is the lead investigative body on suspicious or deliberately-lit bushfires which lead to death, serious injury or significant property loss.
The detectives work closely with local area commands and investigators from the NSW Rural Fire Service and Fire and Rescue NSW.
The Commander of Strike Force Tronto, Detective Inspector Ian McNab, reminded the public to contact Crime Stoppers immediately, should they have any suspicions about people that may be involved in deliberately lighting bushfires.
“As we all know, bushfires often have catastrophic effects, taking lives and destroying livelihoods,” Det Insp McNab said.
“Anyone involved in the lighting of bushfires will be pursued by the full capability of Strike Force Tronto, but we are also committed to doing whatever we can to prevent bushfires from starting in the first place.
“That’s where the role of the community cannot be overstated. Information provided to us from members of the public in the past, has helped us identify and suppress fire-bugs before they start lighting.
“If you have suspicions at all about someone who you believe could be involved in arson, don’t leave it to chance. Make sure you contact police.
“Your information, no matter how small or insignificant it may be, could save many properties, and many lives.”