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24 People Have Been Charged With Intentionally Starting Fires In Australia

Beyond those charges, legal action was taken against others for not following the total fire ban, or putting out a lit cigarette or match on land.

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24 people have been charged with intentionally starting fires in Australia, adding to the  deadly bushfires that have destroyed huge regions of the country.

Since November 2019, 183 people have been charged with fire-related incidents in New South Wales (NSW), according to the NSW government. 

Officials say that the charges range from cautions to criminal offenses. 24 people have been charged for deliberately starting fires, while other legal action was taken against people for not following the total fire ban, or putting out a lit cigarette or match on land, among other things. 40 people are juveniles. 

In November, a 19-year-old volunteer firefighter allegedly started multiple fires over a 6-week period in Bega Valley — some of which he helped extinguish later on. 

Starting a bushfire in Australia could result in prison time and fines if found guilty, especially when they result in loss of life. 

More than two dozen people and an estimated 1 billion animals have died as a result of the bushfires that are still burning throughout the country. NSW has been hit the hardest by the fires, with a half a billion animals being wiped out in the state alone. 

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