24 charged with deliberately setting bushfires in Australia
AUSTRALIA – Twenty-four people have been charged with deliberately setting bushfires in Australia this wildfire season, the New South Wales Police Force announced Monday.
A news release says that as of Nov. 8, 2019, police have taken legal action against more than 180 people – including 40 juveniles – for 205 bushfire-related offenses as massive wildfires now rage across the nation.
These wildfires have claimed the lives of 18 people and destroyed hundreds of millions of animals and livestock, thousands of homes and more than 4.9 million hectares of land.
Investigations into the cause, origin and overall impact of fires remain ongoing.