Man arrested for lighting blaze
By Brian Bigg
A MAN has been arrested for deliberately lighting a fire near Nimbin.
The 45-year-old man, of no fixed address, was arrested and charged with setting a fire on Blue Knob Road yesterday. The man was also charged with causing malicious damage and possessing a prohibited drug.
A total of eight fires are still raging around the region, keeping the Rural Fire Service on their toes. And conditions may get worse later in the week.
According to RFS incident controller, Superintendent Matt Inwood, the worst blaze is at Toonumbar, north east of Kyogle where 20 local and out of area volunteers are working alongside National Parks crews to contain the fire. Four aircraft are also involved.
An aircraft was also used yesterday to water bomb a blaze at Jacki Bulbin, south of Woodburn. According to the RFS, that fire also appeared to have been deliberately lit. At one stage it threatened a sawmill but was turned away.
Superintendent Inwood said three crews were also at Tabulam, setting containment lines on a fire there.
Warmer weather is predicted for the weekend with winds getting up to 30 km/h.