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Police investigating spate of grassfires in the Upper Hunter overnight

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Hunter Valley Police District officers are investigating after emergency services were called to three small grassfires in a short period of time overnight. 

Fire crews from Edinglassie and Darlington NSW Rural Fire Service were called out at around 9:30pm to bush alight off Lemington Road at Ravensworth and extinguished a small fire with no issue, and then observed another burning at Glennies Creek. 

They were then advised of a third fire at Pikes Gully up the New England Highway. 

All of the fires were quickly put out and there were no injuries or structural damage. 

HVPD Crime Manager Detective Acting Inspector Steve Benson said they are working on the assumption that the fires were deliberately lit.

"Whilst there were no persons associated or seen in and around those areas we are still investigating the circumstances of the fires and how they might have originated given the upcoming fire season and where they were located in it certainly did have the potential to be a major incident," he said.

"There's no obvious source of ignition or obvious reason why the fires might have started so its a logical inquiry we are looking at."

"Landholders know their patch better than anyone, so if you someone whether its vehicle or someone you know shouldn't be there or without a reasonable explanation I would call us or emergency services, it might turn out they have a legitimate reason but if you see someone in the scrub land or in a dry area, with the upcoming fire season as a community we have to be proactive on this," said Detective Acting Inspector Benson.

"Given what the conditions are going to be in the next couple of months, if anyone has any information contact the local Hunter Valley Police District."

If you have any information call local police of Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 

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