Australia — Two North Richmond men appeared in court last Friday charged with causing the fire that ripped through bushland near Kurrajong last week.
Daryl Byrnes, 20, a former Grose Vale Bush Fire Brigade volunteer, and Michael Drury, 19, allegedly set a stolen Holden Commodore alight, triggering a fire that burnt through about 1.5 hectares of scrub.
Up to 70 firefighters and water-bombing aircraft worked to bring the blaze under control, which started at around 2.30pm last Wednesday and was contained by early evening.
In a statement, the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) confirmed that Byrnes was a former RFS junior member. He joined in December 2003 at the age of 14 and was a non-active, junior member for about two years.
NSW RFS said Byrnes was not involved in any firefighting operations during his time with the brigade.
He stopped participating in junior activities and was removed from brigade membership in January 2006.
Both men were granted conditional bail and will reappear in Blacktown Local Court on January 30.