Media release

Operation Paringa – Suspicious Fires


Northern Territory Police are asking for community awareness to help reduce the risk of fires, especially in Darwin’s rural area.

Operation Paringa has been established to investigate a number of bushfires.

Police are increasing patrols and seek the community’s assistance in providing information.

This information includes:

  • The time and location you see fires
  • The description of people acting suspiciously in the area where fires have been happening, or any unusual activity
  • The description of vehicles entering or leaving the area during fires.

Residents are asked to be vigilant and report this information to CrimeStoppers on 1800 333 000. Callers may remain anonymous if they wish.

The penalty for the offence of deliberately lighting a bushfire is up to 15 years imprisonment.

With a longer than usual fire season around the Top End, residents are also reminded to maintain fire breaks and keep their blocks clear.