Charges against a man, who police allege intentionally set bush alight just west of the heart of Nowra at the weekend, have been heard in Nowra Local Court.
Scott McArthur, 40, who listed his address as "bushland", is charged with intentionally causing fire and being reckless as to its spread.
It's an offence that now carries a maximum penalty of 21 years' jail.
Although in custody, McArthur did not appear in court in person before Magistrate Susan McGowen on Monday, September 16.
Court papers allege McArthur started the fire in bushland between Depot Road and Berry Street between 5.25pm and 5.35pm on Saturday, September 14.
It is further alleged he was reckless as to the fire's spread to vegetation in the area.
Emergency services attended the area and extinguished the fire that had spread to approximately 100 square metres in size.
A crime scene was established, and police investigations began, with officers arresting McArthur around 8.40am on Sunday, September 15 on Berry Street, Nowra.
Bail was not applied for which was refused, with the matter referred to the Department of Public Prosecutions.
McArthur will be back in court on September 23.
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