Police preparing to charge Lewis Ponds fire starter

POLICE are preparing to lay charges against a man after he lit a fire that left a woman burnt and in Orange hospital late Thursday.

Despite a total fire ban in place the man lit a fire to incinerate some old bee hives at his Lower Lewis Ponds Road property, around 14 kilometres north-east of Orange.

The fire quickly got out-of-control and a 58-year-old woman received burns to her face, chest and throat.

The woman has since been discharged from hospital.

NSW Rural Fire Service Canobolas Zone operational services co-ordinator Brett Bowden said a number of infringement notices could be issued to the man.

"We had two aircraft, eight tankers and 35 people and it's probably come at a cost of $10,000 just for this fire," he said.

Mr Bowden said two males and two females were at the location of the fire yesterday.

Fire investigators and police remain on scene at the burnt out area today.

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