Bushfires out thanks to drenching rain

As a result of the heavy rain falling from February 7-9, the fires encircling the Blue Mountains for months are now out.

The Gospers Mountain fire burned 512,626 hectares, the Erskine Creek fire burnt 22,631 hectares and the Green Wattle Creek fire took out 278,199 hectares.

Drone disturbance

A drone was dumped at Bodington Nursing Home in Wentworth Falls after allegedly being flown near emergency aircraft fighting the Erskine Creek fire on February 1.

Blue Mountains Police Detective Inspector Scott McAlpine said it was an offence to fly a drone where an emergency operation is taking place, and carried a fine of up to $25,000 and two years imprisonment under CASA (Civil Aviation Safety Authority) regulations.

The owners of the drone are unknown, as identifying features such as the SD card and battery, had been removed before the drone was dumped, Det Insp McAlpine said.


A wallet was stolen from a Faulconbrige woman's handbag while she was shopping at Springwood IGA on January 30.

Police investigations identified a Hobartville man, 26, and a Springwood girl, 16, as being involved.

"Shortly after, the male has attended a Springwood bottle shop where he has proceeded to take a bottle of whiskey from a shelf and leave the premises without making attempts to pay for the item," Det Insp McAlpine said.

The man was charged with two counts of larceny and will return to Penrith Local Court on February 27.

Warrimoo crash

An accident involving a Holden Commodore and Toyota RAV 4 in Warrimoo at 1.25am on February 8 is under investigation.

The Toyota driver, aged 31 from Bardia in Sydney, was concerned the Commodore driver, a Bullaburra man, 51, was possibly driving intoxicated and contacted police after the man allegedly left the scene without exchanging particulars.

The Bullaburra man was stopped by police at Hazelbrook and given a roadside breath test, returning a reading of 0.174.

A clear plastic bag containing cannabis was also found in his possession, Det Insp McAlpine said.

"The offender was also on bail for unrelated matters at the time, with a condition not to consume alcohol or drugs unless prescribed," Det Insp McAlpine said.

The Bullaburra man was charged with possessing a prohibited drug, driving with high range PCA and breach of bail.