Police seek man seen filming Glenbrook fire

Police want to speak to a man seen filming emergency services responding to a fire in Glenbrook on November 2.

Being controlled: The Browns Ridge fire in the Grose Valley, about 9km north of Faulconbridge. Photo: NSW RFS Facebook

Being controlled: The Browns Ridge fire in the Grose Valley, about 9km north of Faulconbridge. Photo: NSW RFS Facebook

Emergency services were called to the grass fire on the Great Western Highway near the Glenbrook RAAF base about 3pm, which police are treating as suspicious.

“Upon arrival police found a fire that had reached the top of the embankment and with flames entering the tunnel that leads underneath the highway and across to the RAAF base,” said Blue Mountains Police Detective Chief Inspector Dietmar Almer.

One east-bound lane of the highway was closed while emergency services responded, and the fire was put out by 5pm. 

A man, about 20-30 years old, with olive skin, and short, dark hair, wearing a white singlet and dark shorts and carrying an Adidas backpack, was seen smoking a cigarette and filming emergency services on a white smartphone. As police attempted to approach the man he got on a black BMX bike, and removed his singlet, heading towards Hillside Crescent, Glenbrook. 

Police would like to speak with this man as he may be able to assist with their inquiries. Anyone with information about the fire can contact Springwood Police on 4751 0299 or Crime Stoppers on 1300 333 000. 

Meanwhile, firefighters from the NSW Rural Fire Service and the National Parks and Wildlife Service continue to work on the Browns Ridge fire burning in the Grose Valley, about 9km north of Faulconbridge. 

The fire started on November 3, and due to rugged and inaccessible terrain, two large air tankers dropped retardant in an effort to limit the size of the fire. There have been no threats to properties in the area.

Bikes stolen

A large box trailer chained to a fence containing 16 mountain bikes owned by Blue Mountains Grammar was stolen from Ridgewell Rd in Blackheath between 4.30pm on November 1 and 8am on November 2.

The trailer was found at Mt Blackheath lookout carpark on November 3, but its contents were missing.

Medlow crash

About 11am on November 3, a Toyota RAV 4 was east-bound on the highway at Medlow Bath waiting to turn into the United servo. 

Another car failed to drive around the vehicle safely and hit the back of the Toyota, causing it to be pushed into a Subaru Outback travelling in the opposite direction, according to police. This caused that car to lose control and spin onto the opposite side of the road crashing through the rail corridor fence. The driver of the Subaru was taken to Katoomba hospital with minor injuries.