Man in court over deliberately lit fire at Portland

A man will appear in court today charged over allegedly deliberately lighting a bushfire in the state’s Central Tablelands region.

About 10.30am on Wednesday 27 January 2020, a man was walking his dogs along Ridge Street at Portland, about 25km north-west of Lithgow, when he saw a fire burning in bushland.

Emergency services were called to the scene and extinguished the fire.

No one was injured and no property was damaged.

Officers from Chifley Police District attended and commenced an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident.

Following extensive inquiries, investigators arrested a 24-year-old man at a home in Ridge Street, Portland about 9.30am yesterday (Wednesday 19 February 2020).

He was taken to Lithgow Police Station, where he was charged with intentionally cause fire and be reckless as to its spread.

The man was refused bail to appear at Lithgow Local Court today (Thursday 20 Februrary 2020).

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