Intentionally or Recklessly Causing a Bushfire
- Friends are camping in the bush, they make a fire and the fire gets out of control.
- A man deliberately sets fire to vegetation on his neighbours farm.
- You did not light a bush fire.
- The fire was lit legally during fire prevention or land management.
- You lit the fire, but the circumstances were so extraordinary that you were not reckless.
Questions in cases like this
- Did you light a fire that got out of control?
- Was someone else supervising the fire?
Maximum penalty and court that deals with this charge
The maximum penalty for Intentionally or Recklessly Causing a Bushfire (s201A of the Crimes Act 1958) is level 4 imprisonment (15 years).
This charge may be heard in the Magistrates’ Court or the County Court.
What is the legal definition of Intentionally or Recklessly Causing a Bushfire?The Prosecution must show that you intentionally or recklessly caused a bushfire, and were reckless as to the spread of the fire.
“Did you cause a bushfire?”