Prosecution may follow two vegetation fires which sent smoke billowing around Waikawa Bay, disrupting traffic.
Picton Volunteer Fire Brigade chief fire officer Wayne Wytenburg said firefighters were called to a property on Waikawa Rd, Picton, shortly before 6pm on Monday to put out two piles of flaming vegetation believed to have been lit without a permit.
The Rural Fire Authority was investigating how the fires were started and, once that was determined, could look at a prosecution.
"It was up the back, behind the houses on the hill [overlooking Waikawa Bay].
"There's heaps of potential for a fire like that to spread through the gorse. It could have been quite devastating."
Smoke from the fires billowed around the bay and fire officers brought traffic down to one lane for about an hour while the flames were put out.
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