Man to face court after lighting fires on rural property near Jindabyne

A man has been charged after allegedly lighting fires on his property near Jindabyne without a permit.

Emergency services were called to Kalkite Road, Kalkite, about 8.40pm yesterday (Thursday 2 January 2020), following reports of several fires on a rural property.

The fires were extinguished just before 9.15pm, with no injuries reported.

Officers from Monaro Police District spoke with the occupant, an 84-year-old man, and it will be alleged he did not have a permit.

Just before midday today (Friday 3 January 2020), the man was served with a Court Attendance Notice (CAN) for light fire for land clearance/fire break without permit/notice.

The man is due to appear in Cooma Local Court on Wednesday 19 February 2020.

There is currently a State of Emergency declared in NSW due to the bushfire crisis in the south-east of the state.

The fire risk in the Monaro Alpine region is rated as very high, with a total fire ban in force. The RFS having serious concerns for the areas covering from Adaminaby to Cooma, then south-west to Jindabyne, Perisher Valley and Thredbo. This includes all of the Kosciuszko National Park.

The NSW RFS has published a Fire Spread Prediction Map for tomorrow (Saturday 4 January 2020), and all local residents are urged to ensure they are aware of the areas at risk, and latest advice.

Please monitor www.rfs.nsw.gov.au website for updates and get the Fires Near Me app on your phone to monitor local fires.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence.

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