Police are looking for the driver of the stolen burnt-out vehicle that sparked the Pierce’s Creek bushfire as the mop-up following Friday’s scare continues.
An ACT Policing spokesperson confirmed detectives, along with AFP Forensics and Rural Fire Service, are investigating the circumstances of the Pierce’s Creek fire and believe the fire may have been started by a burnt-out stolen motor vehicle in the Pierce’s Creek area.
Police believe the fire was started by a blue Toyota Hilux Workmate with NSW registration, which failed to stop when police attempted to pull it over two hours prior to the fire starting on Thursday afternoon (1 November).
The bushfire at Pierce’s Creek remains contained at 204 hectares, 7km away from the nearest suburb as ground crews from ACT Rural Fire Service patroled and monitored the fire ground for hotspots overnight. ESA said crews will continue firefighting operations and rehabilitation throughout the week.
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Police are urging anyone who witnessed or may have dash-cam footage of the blue Toyota Hilux Workmate with NSW registration to contact police on 131444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the Crime Stoppers ACT website.
Please quote reference 6325754. Information can be provided anonymously.