Australian authorities have arrested 24 individuals who are accused of playing a role in starting the deadly wildfires that are ravaging the country, ABC News reports.
Those 24 are the only ones charged thus far with actually committing arson, while over 100 others are currently facing some legal action. The arrests all took place in the state of New South Wales, and the charges range from deliberate arson to being careless with lit cigarettes and matches. The heaviest sentences for any such crimes can be up to 21 years in prison.
Although such fires are a common occurrence in Australia, the fires this year have caused more damage than in previous years, with 24 fatalities, over 2,000 homes destroyed, and over 12 million acres burned.
The fires have also been frequently touted by leftist activists and celebrities as supposed proof of “global warming,” although the arson arrests have debunked this claim, proving that the fires were man-made and not caused by the climate.