Arson charges

Detectives have praised the quick thinking responses of Labertouche residents that helped contain a series of fires last Tuesday.

A 27-year-old Labertouche man has been arrested, charged and remanded in custody in relation to the fires.

The man was arrested in Bairnsdale on Wednesday and charged with a number of arson and drug related offences.

Detective senior constable Justin Prestidge said the charges related to a series of fires in the Jacksons Track and McDonalds Rd areas last Tuesday.

The first fire occurred at 4.30pm in roadside scrub and bush.

Mr Prestidge said Longwarry CFA attended the fire that was contained to a small area of burnt vegetation.

He said a second series of fires ignited along Jackson’s Trk, near Draytons Rd, at about 8.30pm on the same night.

A number of ire units attended to control the fires.

Mr Prestidge said investigations deemed the fires suspicious and deliberately lit.

He said the fires burnt areas of bushland but caused no damage to stock or fencing.

He said the still weather conditions on the night helped to contain the fires.

Mr Prestidge praised the local community for their quick responses in contacting emergency services which helped contain the spread of the fires.

He said there were multiple seats of fire along Jackson’s Track.

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