Australia — A man has been killed by a falling tree while fighting a bushfire on the NSW mid-north coast.
The National Parks and Wildlife Service officer was back burning in an effort to contain a bushfire in the Kumbatine National Park, south-west of Kempsey, when the tree fell about 6pm (AEDT) yesterday.
The 52-year-old Port Macquarie man died at the scene.
It is believed the bushfire was deliberately lit and a specialist squad will investigate.
The State Crime Command’s property crime squad announced last week its specialist arson team would now investigate all suspicious bushfires.
During the 2007/2008 bushfire season 18 adults and 55 juveniles were charged with a total of 92 offences, police said.
“The Rural Fire Service and NSW Fire Brigades work closely with NSW Police Force to investigate arson-related bushfires which increases the ability to identify and apprehend those responsible,” police said.
Anyone with information about the cause of the fire is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.