Arson suspected in bushfire

THE bushfire arson strike force has been charged with investigating a local fire.

Detectives from Strike Force Tronto are looking for a number of people who may have been evacuated from the Ramornie National Park at the height of a fire on Saturday, October 20.

The blaze, which spread at Doboy Station, Buccarumbi and Ramornie National Park, south- west of Grafton, continued for four days and caused significant damage within the national park.

The strike force is seeking witnesses, some of whom may be from the Coffs Harbour area, who may be able to provide vital information to assist the investigation.

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.

Property Crime Squad acting commander Detective Acting Superintendent Ian McNab said Strike Force Tronto was committed to cracking down on arsonists this bushfire season.

"Strike Force Tronto has a range of overt and covert strategies which are used to detect bushfire arsonists, and anyone found to be involved in the deliberate lighting of bushfires will be arrested and put before the court. Penalties include up to 25 years' imprisonment," A/Supt McNab said.

Anyone with information in relation to this matter should contact Strike Force Tronto Detectives via Grafton Police Station on 6642 0222.



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