Suspicious roadside fires
Baw Baw CIU detectives are investigating two suspicious grass fires in the Darnum and Yarragon areas over the past week.
Both fires are being investigated as suspicious.
Detectives believe a fire may have been deliberately lit in the Princes Fwy central median strip, about 600 metres west of Darnum, at about 4pm on Tuesday.
Detectives said the fire appeared to have started in the grass embankment beside the west bound lanes and quickly spread uphill and into thicker vegetation.
Detectives said at one stage burning embers jumped the east bound lanes and caused a small fire in grass beside the east bound lanes.
About one hectare of grass and vegetation was burnt and three CFA units from Darnum/Ellinbank and Warragul were at the scene for about one hour.
Detectives said if it wasn’t for the quick response of passing motorists calling 000 and relatively calm wind conditions, the fire had the potential to spread into neighbouring farm land.
In another incident, detectives said a grass fire was lit on the eastern side of YarragonShady Creek Rd at Yarragon on Sunday afternoon.
Detectives said the fire occurred at 12.25pm, about three kilometres north of the Princes Fwy.
The fire burnt along the road side in grass and trees for about 20 metres. Yarragon CFA attended scene.
Investigators want to speak to anyone who may have witnessed any suspicious behaviour on the freeway or in Yarragon-Shady Creek Rd. Any witnesses should contact Warragul CIU or Crime Stoppers 1800 333000.
Police are investigating a trail of graffiti in Drouin recently.
Police said it appeared offenders began at the United Service Station in Princes Way and then continued along a trail of property in Princes Way, including a number of signs and businesses.
Six locations were targeted and spray painted with the tags CMZ, SEAR and CKS.
Police believe three offenders were involved.
The main section of land adjacent to the west bound lanes that was possibly set on fire deliberately.