Police seek information on suspicious Blue Mountains fires and urge vigilance after theft

A fire that started at the end of Raymond Road in Springwood on Thursday afternoon (November 14), is being treated as suspicious.

A fire that started at the end of Raymond Road in Springwood on Thursday afternoon, November 14, is being treated as suspicious Photo: Top Notch Video

A fire that started at the end of Raymond Road in Springwood on Thursday afternoon, November 14, is being treated as suspicious Photo: Top Notch Video

Blue Mountains Police Detective Inspector Scott McAlpine said police were investigating all the fires in the Blue Mountains over the past week and urged anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Springwood or Katoomba Police Station.

The fire in Springwood was quickly brought under control by firefighters, while the Blue Mountains RFS control centre was dealing with a large number of calls from people concerned about smoke in the Mountains. The RFS attributed it to smoke drift from backburning near Lithgow associated with the Gospers Mountain fire.

Meanwhile, police have warned Blue Mountains residents to be vigilant and report suspicious activity, after a RFS member had belongings stolen from her Hazelbrook home while she was fighting the bushfire in Woodford on November 8.

The woman's daughter was evacuated from the home on Railway Parade, Hazelbrook as fire encroached on the rear of the property.

"The resident had packed personal belongings prior to evacuating, but was unable to fit all of it in her car. She left two garbage bags containing electronic devices, children's clothes, photos, other personal items, and a patchwork teddy bear, at the front door of the residence," said Det Insp McAlpine.

The garbage bags were stolen sometime between 4.30pm and 9am the next day. Police are investigating. Anyone with information is urged to contact Springwood Police Station on 4751 0299 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Meanwhile, a Bullaburra man, aged 30, has been fined for throwing a lit cigarette out the window while driving in Leura on a total fire ban day.

He was driving along the highway in Leura about 10.45pm on November 11, when police travelling a short distance behind his vehicle, observed him discard the lit part of the cigarette onto the road.

"Embers were seen to scatter across the road," Det Insp McAlpine said.

The man was issued an infringement notice which carries a $1320 fine.

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