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Australia Hunt for Sydney bushfire culprit

21:43  04 january  2020
21:43  04 january  2020 Source:   msn.com

Police investigate SA bushfire as arson

  Police investigate SA bushfire as arson A bushfire in Second Valley near Kangaroo Island that prompted a watch and act alert is suspected to have been deliberately lit.The fire at Second Valley was first reported after 1pm on Tuesday and has burnt more than 28 hectares.

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A blaze that burned through a reserve in Sydney's southwest during a statewide fire ban is believed to have been deliberately lit.

It took firefighters several hours to put out the blaze at The Crest Reserve at Georges Hall on Saturday, with the flames finally doused about 6pm.

Police are calling for anyone in the Rex Road area between 1pm and 2pm who saw suspicious activity to come forward.

Smoke hazard forces FFA to postpone Sydney FC W-League match

  Smoke hazard forces FFA to postpone Sydney FC W-League match The Sky Blues' match against Canberra United will not go ahead on Sunday due to the heavy bushfire smoke shrouding the capital.Football Federation Australia announced the postponement of the game with weather conditions expected to worsen over the weekend with the forecast of a heatwave on Saturday.

A total fire ban is in place in NSW during a week-long state of emergency as firefighters respond to the ongoing bushfire crisis.

Meanwhile, police on the NSW South Coast are reminding residents they will be investigating fire-damaged sites on behalf of the coroner to find out the cause and impact of devastating bushfires in the area.

Detective Inspector Scott Nelson said the process may take up to three weeks or longer depending on the weather.

"As part of our inquiries, we'd also be keen to review footage or images anyone has on their phones or other devices, that show any of the fires in their infancy, even if from a distance," he said in a statement.

Scott Morrison to take proposal for bushfire royal commission to Cabinet .
Prime Minister Scott Morrison says he will take a proposal to Cabinet to establish a royal commission into the bushfire disaster. Prime Minister Scott Morrison says he will take a proposal to Cabinet to establish a royal commissi More than 20 people have died and more than 2,000 homes have been destroyed by fires across much of the country.Mr Morrison says there will also need to be discussion as to greater flexibility for the Federal Government to step in and assist states during times of disaster, such as through calling out the defence force.

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