Appeal for information following suspicious grass fires - Monaro PD

Wednesday, 21 December 2022 03:37:18 PM

Police are investigating a spate of suspicious grass fires in the state’s alpine region.

Between 6.40pm and 9.45pm on Monday (19 December 2022), five grass fires along the roadways at Crackenback, East Jindabyne, Avonside and Varney’s Range – all within 45km of each other – were reported to police.

The first fire occurred on Alpine Way, Crackenback about 6.40pm, with the second at 9pm along Kosciuszko Road, East Jindabyne.

Soon after, along the same road, a third fire was reported near Geikle Creek Road.

Around 9.10pm, a grass fire was located near an equestrian centre at Avonside, before the fifth fire occurred on Kosciuszko Road, Varney’s Range.

NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) members attended and extinguished all five fires.

The fires have not cause major damage and there are no reports of injury.

Officers attached to Monaro Police District established crimes scenes and are investigating whether the fires – which are believed to have been deliberately lit – are linked.

As inquiries continue, anyone with information is urged to contact Cooma Police on 6452 0099 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.