Sus­pi­cious road­side fires

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

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