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Dee Why Lagoon: Bushfire under investigation, witnesses wanted

INVESTIGATION: Dozens of firefighters were called to a bushfire in Dee Why Lagoon Wildlife Refuge on Sunday afternoon. Picture: Beacon Hill Rural Fire Brigade/Facebook
INVESTIGATION: Dozens of firefighters were called to a bushfire in Dee Why Lagoon Wildlife Refuge on Sunday afternoon. Picture: Beacon Hill Rural Fire Brigade/Facebook

THE cause of a bushfire in Dee Why on Sunday afternoon is under investigation, with police refusing to rule out any connection with a spate of deliberately lit fires in late 2020.

The blaze ignited at 12.47pm and it was fuelled by gusty winds. It burnt through around 100 square metres of the Dee Why Lagoon Wildlife Refuge.

It comes following a spate of 16 suspicious fires that were lit in bushland around the lagoon, from July to September last year. Another nine fires were lit nearby.

"It's too early to connect, particularly when we don't know if it was deliberately lit," Northern Beaches Police crime manager Detective Inspector Michael Boutouridis said.

Despite some media reports that Sunday's fire was deliberately lit, Det Insp Boutouridis said so far there was no evidence of this.

"There's been no evidence of an accelerant. If it was deliberately lit that's arson," he said.

Fire and Rescue NSW Superintendent Scott Dodson said 10 triple-0 calls were made by the public, with first arriving firefighters calling for back-up as strong winds pushed the blaze further into the bush.

Eight crews of firefighters, including two from the NSW RFS, fought the blaze and it was extinguished by 2.11pm. No property was damaged during the incident.

Detectives were also called to the fire and their investigation continues. If you have any information call Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000.

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