Man charged with lighting Catherine Hill Bay fire in October faces court

A VOLUNTEER firefighter has faced Toronto Local Court over allegedly lighting the fire that caused an inferno in south-east Lake Macquarie last October.

Alex Gordon Noble, 21, was charged with lighting fires at Mannering Park on September 26 and 30. He did not enter a plea to the two charges.

Police allege the September 30 fire burned underground before resurfacing on October 17.

The fire scorched about 3000 hectares of bush from Doyalson to Cams Wharf.