A SECOND boy has been arrested over the Heatherbrae firestorm after his alleged accomplice was refused bail charged with lighting the massive blaze and a second fire.
The 15-year-old is expected to be charged later on Monday with lighting the fire which threatened properties and burnt more than 5000 hectares at Port Stephens.
It followed the charging of an 11-year-old boy on Monday morning with lighting the Heatherbrae fire on October 13, four days before weather conditions caused it to jump containment lines and speed towards Williamtown.
The Hank Street fire caused widespread emergency evacuations, closed Newcastle Airport for almost a full day, destroyed several sheds and caused widespread traffic chaos as it jumped containment lines.
The 11-year-old was also charged with lighting a grass fire adjacent to Elizabeth Street at Raymond Terrace earlier on October 13.
He faced Raymond Terrace Childrens Court on Monday afternoon on two counts of intentionally causing fire and being reckless as to its spread.
He was refused bail to appear in Broadmeadow Childrens Court on Tuesday.
Boy in court over fire
A BOY, 14, has been refused bail after being charged with lighting a fire at Rutherford.
Fire crews were called to an area of scrub off the New England Highway after it was set alight on Sunday afternoon.
He will face Broadmeadow Childrens Court on Monday.