Two dozen Australians in the state of New South Wales have been arrested since early November for deliberately setting fires, among a total 183 people facing legal action in the state.
In addition to the 24 charged with setting fires, another 53 people are facing legal action for not complying with the state's fire ban and 47 people are facing legal action after not properly disposing of a lit cigarette or match.
At least 24 people have been killed and more than 2,000 homes destroyed in the bushfires currently raging across Australia. More than 12 million acres have burned.
Intentionally starting a bushfire and recklessly causing its spread can carry a sentence of up to 21 years in prison, according to officials.