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Australia Man charged for lighting NSW bushfire to protect cannabis crop

22:50  15 november  2019
22:50  15 november  2019 Source:   smh.com.au

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A 51-year-old man has been charged for allegedly lighting a blaze that threatened homes in the northern NSW.

Police allege the man lit the fire, which has grown out of control and burnt more then 3500 hectares, to protect his cannabis crop near Ebor, east of Armidale in the Northern Tablelands on Thursday.

The man was arrested on Friday afternoon and taken to Armidale Police Station where he was charged with intentionally causing a fire and recklessness to allow its spread.

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While the fire was threatening Ebor homes, firefighters say conditions have eased and they're working to contain the blaze, which remains out of control.

The man was refused bail and is expected to appear before Armidale Local Court on Saturday.

More than 60 fires are still burning across NSW after one of the most destructive weeks in the state's history, with more than 1 million hectares of land and hundreds of homes destroyed.

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