Deputy Commissioner of the NSW Police Force Gary Worboys, has praised the affected communities for supporting each other so positively during this time of crisis.
“Now we need help from the community again – this time to assist the detectives who are beginning investigations into the cause of fires suspected of being deliberately lit across several police area commands and police districts,” he stated publicly.
Police are encouraging anyone with information or who might have witnessed suspicious behaviour yesterday to come forward.
Inquiries are being conducted by various investigators from the affected areas, along with the help of the Strike Force Toronto and the Rural Fire Service (RFS).
Established in 2001 by the State Crime Command’s Arson Unit, the Strike Force Toronto exists to investigate suspicious or deliberately-lit bushfires which have led to death, serious injury or significant property loss.
They are investigating fires that began in all the affected areas, including one in South Turramurra, only 20kms from the Sydney CBD.
The third man was charged with impersonating an emergency services officer and having goods in custody suspected of being stolen at Loftus in the Sutherland area, after being caught riding a motorscooter in the Royal National Park.
He was arrested wearing a Fire and Rescue NSW uniform at 9.30pm last night.
Others throughout the state were issued with court attendance and infringement notices for failing to comply with the total fire bans placed on the entire state.