22 December 2022

Police investigating whether suspicious fires on Alpine roads are linked

| Claire Fenwicke
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Firefighters at one of the suspicious grass fires in East Jindabyne. Photo: Monaro RFS.

Firefighters have extinguished five suspicious grass fires in the Alpine region, with police now investigating how they started.

The fires were all spotted within 45 km of each other along roads between Berridale and Crackenback on Monday (19 December).

The first fire occurred on Alpine Way, Crackenback, at about 6:40 pm, with the second reported at 9 pm along Kosciuszko Road, East Jindabyne.

A third fire was reported on the same road near Geikle Creek Road soon after.

At around 9:10 pm a grass fire was found near an equestrian centre at Avonside, before the fifth fire was reported on Kosciuszko Road at Varney’s Range.

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NSW Rural Fire Service members attended and extinguished all five fires.

The fires did not cause major damage and no injuries have been reported.

Police have established crime scenes and are investigating whether the fires, which are believed to have been deliberately lit, are linked.

Anyone with information has been urged to contact Cooma Police on 6452 0099 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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