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A fire the NPWS believes was deliberately lit has closed the popular Minyon Falls. Photo Chris Dobney
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[Updated November 7, 7.20am]

NPWS reports that Rummery Park campground remains open and is accessible via Nightcap Range Road.

[Original report, November 6] The National Parks and Wildlife Service has not ruled out a second arson attack at the Minyon Falls area of Nightcap National Park, where a bushfire is again burning in a remote area of the park.

The entrances to the Minyon Falls lookout, nearby Minyon Grass picnic area, together with all the walking tracks and the roads in between have all be closed for the next two-to-three days, a NPWS spokesperson said.

‘Initial reports were that [the cause] was a tree across the track from the original burn… but our investigations suggest that is not the case. Remembering of course that the original fire was deliberate ignition by persons unknown… we’re suspicious of the cause of this additional fire,’ NPWS spokesperson John Fisher told ABC radio this morning.

He added that while last night’s rain had dampened down the fire, which is burning on a 300m front, it was still continuing to smoulder and once the weather dried out again it was likely to reignite.

The initial fire was discovered in the park in mid September and NPWS then announced they believed that arson was the cause.

Bushwalkers who first reported the fire burning near one of the walking tracks said they saw a group of people acting suspiciously leaving the area soon before they spotted the first flames.

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