Territory Police investigating whether Uluru National Park bushfire was intentionally lit

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February 16, 2019 13:53:37

Northern Territory Police are investigating whether a bushfire burning over 1,500 hectares in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park could have been deliberately lit.

Key points:

  • Kata-Tjuta Road and the Kata Tjuta destination itself have been closed due to the large fire
  • Some parts of the fire have been contained thanks to back-burning in the area, with fire crews out battling the blaze on Saturday
  • Members of the public are being asked if they have any information to assist police with their investigation

The large fire has forced the closure of the world-renowned tourist destination Kata Tjuta, also known as the Olgas, which includes a number of walking trails.

Walking trails around Uluru remain open, as does the nearby Yulara Airport, which services the region with domestic flights from around Australia.

Joshua Fischer from Bushfires NT said parts of the fire had been contained thanks to back-burning conducted on Friday evening.

“The western and southern flanks of the fire at this time are under control, however there is still fire freely moving to the north towards the Olgas, and then also some areas of active fire on the eastern flank,” Mr Fischer told ABC Alice Springs.

He said the fire was burning over a land mass of “old spinifex country” which contained “high fuel loads”, but could not say exactly how big the bushfire currently was.

It is not yet known what sparked the fire, but Mr Fischer said the possibility it was deliberately lit was not being ruled out, and NT Police were investigating from the Yulara township.

“There was no lightning in the area during the time period this fire started,” he said.

“Northern Territory Police do have an active investigation underway so we do ask member of the public that if they do know something say something.”

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