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Volunteer NSW RFS firefighter arrested for allegedly being caught setting alight to bush in the Hunter

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A volunteer NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) firefighter has been arrested for allegedly being caught setting alight to bush in the Hunter region. 

Strike Force Kurla, a joint NSW Police unit has been investigating suspicious fires in the Lake Macquarie district with the assistance of the NSW RFS.

Police arrested a 17-year-old boy during a vehicle stop at Glendale overnight. 

He was taken to Toronto Police Station where he was charged with three counts of light fire and be reckless to its spread.

A charge that could see the teenager spend up to 14 years behind bars.

The charges relate to fires at Weir Road, Teralba, on Thursday 22 November 2018; Current Avenue, Teralba, on Saturday 8 December 2018, and a fire in bushland on Archery Road at Wakefield last Friday.

The teenager was handed strict conditional bail and will appear in a children's court early in February. 

Investigations under Strike Force Kurla are continuing.

Police are also reminding people that they could face penalties if found responsible for the lighting of bushfires – accidental or otherwise.

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