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Friday afternoon grass fire in Orange likely the result of arson or flicked cigarette

May 19, 2023

The grass fire off McLachlan Street. Copyright: Orange News Examiner on-the-spot photo.

By Peter Holmes

Fire and Rescue were quick to get a grass fire in Orange under control early on Friday afternoon.

Emergency services were called to McLachlan Street near Orange City Council's works depot.

X marks the approximate location of the grass fire. Google Earth.

A fire was burning in long grass grass in the strip of public land that runs from McLachlan Street to Spring Street.

There is a wide pathway through the open land, and no vehicular access is allowed.

Smoke billows into the East Orange sky. Copyright: Orange News Examiner on-the-spot photo.

The fire brigade arrived on scene at about 12:10pm and soon had the fire under control.

An officer told The Orange News Examiner it was likely the fire was deliberately lit, or caused by a cigarette butt being tossed into the long grass.

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