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Police Commissioner warns those who accidentally start fires will be charged with bushfire deaths

NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller is warning people will still be charged over bushfire deaths, even if the blaze was started unintentionally.

24 people have died across New South Wales during this unprecedented fire season which has ravaged communities.

Strike Force Tronto has been established to investigate more than 13,000 fires started since August last year.

According to NSW Police, 267 people have been charged over 328 bushfire-related offences, since August 1, 2019.

• 55 people have had legal actions over alleged deliberately-lit bushfires
• 126 people have had legal actions for allegedly failing to comply with a total fire ban
• 41 people have had legal actions for discarding a lighted cigarette or match on land, and
• 70 juveniles have had legal actions for bushfire-related offences.

Commissioner Fuller tells Ray Hadley charges will be laid, regardless of whether the person profiles as an arsonist or not.

“There are the idiots who throw cigarettes out the window… there are particularly evil individuals who start fires to cause loss of life, but from our perspective, it’s all criminal.

“People are losing their lives, and their livelihoods, as a result of people who may not profile as arsonists, but they’re starting fires that are causing the loss of lives.”

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