As Southern NSW grapples with a day of Severe Fire Danger and two bush emergencies near Braidwood and Batemans Bay, three teenage boys at Cooma have been arrested after allegedly deliberately lighting a fire.
Shortly after 12 pm on Friday (November 29), Monaro Police District Superintendent Paul Condon was travelling south on the Monaro Highway near Cooma when he noticed smoke coming from a building.
Superintendent Condon stopped to assist two members of the public who were attempting to extinguish a grass fire that had spread to a building.
The fire spread across the Monaro Highway, which was closed for over an hour while NSW Fire and Rescue attempted to extinguish the blaze.
The blaze was extinguished and officers from Monaro Police District commenced an investigation.
Earlier this week, three teenage boys attended Cooma Police Station. Two 16-year-old boys and a 17-year-old boy, they will be dealt with under the Young Offenders Act.
Anyone with information about suspicious fire activity is urged to contact police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
To stay up to date with all NSW bushfires, check the NSW RFS website, listen to your local radio station, or call the NSW RFS Bush Fire Information Line on 1800 679 737.