Man interviewing for allegedly lighting fires

A 21-year-old Narre Warren man is among four people to be interviewed by Victoria Police for lighting fires during recent periods of total fire bans.

The man was interviewed for lighting a fire in a campsite to cook a meal during a period of total fire ban in Paradise Beach and interviewed by police on Saturday 4 January.

On Friday 10 January, a 70-year-old Longford woman was also interviewed for lighting a fire in a paddock to burn rubbish during a period of total fire ban in Longford.

A 37-year-old Dromana man was interviewed for lighting a fire in a camp area to cook a meal during a period of total fire ban in Clydebank.

A 50-year-old Golden Beach man was interviewed for lighting a fire in a fire pit during a period of total fire ban in Golden Beach.

It’s alleged the man became abusive towards CFA members when they attended to extinguish the fire.

All four were released and are expected to be charged at a later date.

Police wish to remind the public that no fires can be lit on a total fire ban day without a Section 40 permit from the CFA.

Under the CFA Act 1958, it is an offence to light a fire during a total fire ban day without a permit.

Penalties for lighting a fire on a total fire ban include maximum 2 years jail or a large fine.

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