Volunteer firie charged with lighting more than 30 fires in south-west NSW

A volunteer firefighter is behind bars after he allegedly lit more than 30 grass fires this summer in NSW’s south-west.

The 30-year-old man was arrested at a home in Whitton, 40km south of Griffith, just after 11am on Friday.

The arrest comes after detectives established a specialised strike force to investigate more than 30 suspiciuos fires in the Whitton area since November last year.

Police officers raided the man’s home, seizing a number of items of interest for forensic examination, on Friday.

The man, who is a currently serving volunteer with the NSW Rural Fire Service, was then taken to Griffith Police Station.

He has since been charged with five counts of intentionally causing a fire and being reckless as to its spread.

He appeared at Wagga Wagga Bail Court yesterday, where he was remanded in custody to appear at Wagga Wagga Local Court next Wednesday, January 27.

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