2020-01-10 22:46:58 UTC
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They can't stomach the reality:
*The truth about Australia's fires — arsonists aren't responsible for
many this season*
/By Kevin Nguyen, Tim Brunero, Sarah Thomas, Daniel Keane and Nicole
"The world has been shocked by the scenes of devastation as the
unprecedented destruction of Australia's horror bushfire season rages on.
And, one big question has appeared in the headlines of late, here and
internationally: how much is arson to blame?
While firebugs remain a legitimate and serious threat, they're
responsible for about 1 per cent of the more than 5.2 million hectares
that have been burned in NSW this season.
It's a similar story in other states."
NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) Inspector Ben Shepherd said earlier this
week lightning was predominantly responsible for the bushfire crisis.
"I can confidently say the majority of the larger fires that we have been
dealing with have been a result of fires coming out of remote areas as a
result of dry lightning storms," he said.
In Victoria, where about 1.2 million hectares has burned, only 385
hectares — or 0.03 per cent — have been attributed to suspicious
This state-by-state breakdown reveals the true impact of arson this
*New South Wales*
The Busbys Flat fire, which burned through some 51,000 hectares of land
and destroyed 44 homes in the village of Rappville in northern NSW may
have been deliberately lit.
Police Minister David Elliott said whoever started that blaze in October
was responsible for a "bastard act".
A fire at Turramurra which briefly threatened homes on Sydney's north
shore is also suspected of being deliberately lit, as are a series of
small fires in the Royal National Park.
NSW has been the epicentre of Australia's bushfire crisis, but the facts
show arson has little to do with it.
This week, a NSW Police media release revealed 24 people had been charged
over deliberately-lit bushfires this season.
However, the majority of suspected arson relates to small grass fires and
rubbish bins set alight, which have inflicted negligible damage and burnt
a tiny area compared with fires sparked by lightning.
The Gospers Mountain "mega-blaze" and the Green Wattle Creek fire, which
are both near Sydney, were ignited by lightning.
All the major blazes in the Snowy Mountains and South Coast which have
taken hold since New Year's Eve were also started by lightning.
Despite massive fires causing chaos in Victoria this season, authorities
are treating only one blaze as suspicious.
The Euroa blaze on January 4 closed a section of the Hume Highway, burnt
about 385 hectares, and destroyed no properties.
More than 1.3 million hectares has been burnt in Victoria so far this
The Country Fire Association (CFA) said the majority of fires were not
"Most of the fires have been caused by lightning," said Brett Mitchell,
the CFA incident controller in Bairnsdale, in East Gippsland.
"Our intelligence suggests there are no deliberate lightings that we are
Victoria Police had no arson figures available for this bushfire season,
but said in the 12 months to September 2019, a dozen people had been
arrested for causing bushfires.
None of SA's deadliest or most destructive fires are being treated as
Two fires which have blackened more than a third of Kangaroo Island and
killed two people, are believed to have been sparked by lightning
strikes, according to the state's Country Fire Service (CFS).
The Cudlee Creek blaze in the Adelaide Hills, which started in
catastrophic conditions and killed one person and destroyed more than 80
homes, was caused by a tree falling on power lines.
The CFS said a fire on Yorke Peninsula which destroyed homes and burnt
5,000 hectares in November was sparked by power lines falling on grass
during catastrophic fire conditions and extreme winds.
A fire at Keilira in SA's south-east, which destroyed homes and killed
thousands of livestock, has been officially attributed to lightning
strikes, after an investigation by the CFS and South Australian Police.
Police said 10 people in SA had been reported or arrested for
intentionally or recklessly causing a bushfire since September.
The Sunshine Coast town of Peregian has been threatened by several blazes
In September, two teenagers were charged with lighting a blaze there,
while authorities are investigating "suspicious" fires that also took
hold there in October and December.
Queensland Police said there had been 1,068 reported bushfires between
September and January 8, of which 114 of which had been deliberately lit.
The Apple Isle is the only state where arson has allegedly been the
overwhelming cause of fires.
Authorities attributed almost two-thirds of the blazes burning on
Tasmania's east coast and in the south since late December to arson.
"Approximately 21,000 of the 35,000 hectares burnt is a result of
deliberately lit fires," a Tasmanian Fire Service spokesperson said.
Meanwhile, in the ACT, one person has been charged for deliberately
lighting a fire, according to the Australian Federal Police (AFP).
The 20-year-old Mawson man allegedly lit several small grass fires,
although no property was damaged, and was charged with breaching a total
Police are treating as suspicious another grass fire which started on
Friday in Canberra's south."
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