Fires in West Belconnen

Kerces 6 January 2008 14

Canberra police are investigating 12 fires (out of 32 since the start of December) that they believe are arson. While they were announcing this, another three fires started up in West Belconnen. I took some pictures of the one that was just off the west edge of Dunlop and Macgregor.


No property was threatened by this grass fire and it was just about out at 3ish this afternoon, partly in thanks to the two helicopters that kept bombarding it (plus all the fire trucks that were out there — I didn’t get an exact number).


And the locals were out in force watching the firies’ progress and taking plenty of photos and video of their own.


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14 Responses to Fires in West Belconnen
Gerry-Built Gerry-Built 12:09 am 18 Jan 07

I just wonder if the fires are being lit by the same guys that lit up the 15 YO kid in Latham the same day (with aerosol can and lighter) – most likely what the ‘stakeout’ mentioned by andy was too.

I don’t think it would have been school kids, the fires were lit in a path from Kambah to Dunlop (possibly College kids though).

I also wonder if it related to the fire at Parkwood the other day too…

CouldExpire CouldExpire 11:44 am 16 Jan 07

its not doubt the sam person / s that has been lightng them for the last couple fo seasons…
They need to be hung!

Al Al 10:59 am 16 Jan 07

Agreed Thumper – molto expensive way to stomp on a grass fire, unles someone needed some air time…

RandomGit RandomGit 9:01 am 16 Jan 07

4 releases on bail with a stern warning not to do it again or you’ll get more warnings. Thats standard judicial process for everything up to and including murder.

After that they counter weight the paperwork of heavier penalties vs the paperwork of royal commissions to see which is the path of least resistance.

Xanthomyza Xanthomyza 8:36 am 16 Jan 07

What’s the current penalty for lighting a fire?

Jey Jey 7:58 am 16 Jan 07

Maybe they were panicking a bit, Thumper?
Didn’t want it to get worse

Thumper Thumper 7:46 am 16 Jan 07

The chopper is overkill for a small grass fire….

Then again, if it’s available….

Ralph Ralph 7:38 am 16 Jan 07

School holidays.

smokey4 smokey4 7:36 pm 15 Jan 07

That new CAFS unit looks great but pity you cannot really use it off road. (Compressed Air Foam)

smokey4 smokey4 7:34 pm 15 Jan 07

This stuff is getting serious. Those that have lived through a serious bushfire will know what I mean. Houses will be lost and lives extinguished.
If you really need a buzz then go to one of those places at Fyshwick and get your jollies off without endangering other peoples lives…Please

Hasdrubahl Hasdrubahl 6:04 pm 15 Jan 07

We will be looking for you, fnaah. Then your name will be fnaaarrgghhh!

fnaah fnaah 5:24 pm 15 Jan 07

(apologies if the locals pictured are neighbours… oops)

fnaah fnaah 5:24 pm 15 Jan 07

what odds on one of the locals pictured being the firebug? (although i guess you’d have to be pretty stupid to stand and watch, but then again, we’re talking about an arsonist, who only really lights a fire so they can watch it burn…)

andy andy 5:06 pm 15 Jan 07

thats why the cops were stakin out the bridge on southern cross drive near the entry to the storm water pipes..

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