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Madden’s Plain fire extinguished

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The Madden’s Plain bushfire on Saturday. Picture: NSW Rural Fire Service

INQUIRIES are underway after fires broke out in the Royal National Park on Saturday night.

Emergency services were called to Bottle Forest Road at Heathcote about 7.20pm on Saturday after up to six small fires were spotted in bushland.

Police were assisted by the Dog Unit and police airwing, Polair, while Rural Fire Services crews worked to extinguish the fires.

A short time later, four youths were escorted from the area. They are not in police custody.

Until the cause is determined the fires will be treated as suspicious. Inquiries are continuing.

Meanwhile NSW Rural Fire Fighters from Bulli, Helensburgh, Otford have extinguished a bushfire at Maddens Plain. Crews will patrol the area overnight to assure the blaze does not reignite.

About Mick Roberts

A Sydney journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in Australia for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick has owned and managed several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW. He currently calls the inner-Sydney suburb of Surry Hills home.

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