HIDDEN cameras will be nestled in Hunter state forests in a bid to catch arsonists responsible for a rash of suspicious fires.
The 70 cameras will be dotted around the region, as well as north coast areas including Wauchope, Taree, Coffs Harbour and Casino.
Forestry Corporation of NSW’s forest protection manager Karel Zejbrlik said several fires sparked in the past week were suspected of being man-made.
“It is sickening that anyone would recklessly endanger people’s lives by deliberately lighting a fire and we are pulling out all stops to catch the people responsible,” Mr Zejbrlik said.
“We now have a total of 120 infra-red equipped cameras that can photograph faces and number plates hidden in strategic locations.
“Fire season has been declared early and with the forests and conditions as dry as they are, we are already on high bushfire alert, with additional firefighters and equipment on standby.
Bans in place on solid fuel fires in all state forests bar the Snowy Mountains, prohibiting campfires and barbecues that use wood or charcoal.