Two boys arrested after bushfire in Lighthouse Reserve Shoal Bay Nelson Bay (Tomaree Peninsula areas) by NOTA - November 10, 2016 Two boys will be dealt with under the Young Offenders Act after lighting a fire which spread uncontrollably near Port Stephens. About 1pm on Saturday 5 November, a bushfire was observed in Lighthouse Reserve on Shoal Bay peninsula. Two members of the public detained two 16-year-old boys who were seen moving away from the location of the fire. Modern Media: Advertise with News Of The Area and you get your ad in 1) in Print, 2) on the News Website (like this ad), and 3) on our Social Media news site. A much more efficient way to advertise. Reach a HUGE audience for a LOW price TODAY! Call us on 02 4983 2134. Or [email protected] Or CLICK FOR ADVERT QUOTE Fire & Rescue NSW officers and Rural Fire Service personnel attended and extinguished the blaze, which burnt out about an acre of bushland. Police from Port Stephens Local Area Command attended and arrested the two boys. They were taken to Nelson Bay Police Station where their parents were contacted. Officers determined the boys had lit a campfire during a total fire ban which subsequently spread out of control. However it is not believed they had malicious intent. The two boys will be subject to a Youth Justice Conference under the Young Offenders Act. The incident serves as a reminder of the consequences that can result from failing to abide by fire bans.