A former NSW Rural Fire Service volunteer has been found guilty of deliberately starting a fire during one of NSW's worst bushfire seasons.
Blake William Banner, who was 19 at the time of the offence, was found guilty during a hearing at Sydney Downing Centre District Court on Tuesday, August 3, before Judge Robyn Tupman.
However, he was acquitted of six other counts of "intentionally lighting a fire and being reckless to its spread".
The charges related to accusations over a number of fires allegedly lit in the Bega area between October and November 2019. Mr Banner had earlier pleaded not guilty to all charges in a judge-only trial in Bega District Court in late 2020.
He was a volunteer member of the Tarraganda Rural Fire Service on the Far South Coast of NSW.
The matter will return to District Court in Sydney on November 29 for sentencing, with Mr Banner's bail to continue.