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Contents (1900 - 40)
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Crimes Act 1900 No 40
Current version for 1 March 2020 to date (accessed 5 April 2020 at 15:15)
Part 4AD Division 5
Division 5 Bushfires
203D   Definitions
In this Division—
causing a fire includes—
(a)  lighting a fire, or
(b)  maintaining a fire, or
(c)  failing to contain a fire, except where the fire was lit by another person or the fire is beyond the control of the person who lit the fire.
firefighter means a member of a fire brigade under the Rural Fires Act 1997 or the Fire and Rescue NSW Act 1989 or of any other official firefighting unit (including a unit from outside the State).
spread of a fire means spread of a fire beyond the capacity of the person who causes the fire to extinguish it.
203E   Offence
(1)  A person—
(a)  who intentionally causes a fire, and
(b)  who is reckless as to the spread of the fire to vegetation on any public land or on land belonging to another,
is guilty of an offence.
Maximum penalty—Imprisonment for 21 years.
(2)  For the purposes of this section, recklessness may also be established by proof of intention.
(3)  A person is not criminally responsible for an offence against this section if—
(a)  the person is a firefighter or acting under the direction of a firefighter, and
(b)  the person caused the fire in the course of bushfire fighting or hazard reduction operations.
(4)  If on the trial of a person for an offence against this section the jury is not satisfied that the accused is guilty of the offence charged but is satisfied on the evidence that the accused is guilty of an offence against section 100 (1) of the Rural Fires Act 1997, it may find the accused not guilty of the offence charged but guilty of the latter offence, and the accused is liable to punishment accordingly.