MELBOURNE, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- Australian authorities say they're on the lookout for arsonists responsible for eight suspicious fires in the state of Victoria, but need the public's help.
Asking people to snap photos and take videos, Victoria Police said Saturday that while uniformed and plainclothes officers will continue to patrol high-risk areas on days of extreme fire danger, police need the eyes and ears of the public, the Melbourne Herald Sun reported.
Arson squad detective Sgt. Russell Baird told the newspaper that catching the arsonists responsible for setting bushfires during Australia's Black Saturday -- Feb. 7, 2009, when a series of fires devastated Victoria, killing 173 people -- involved using chemistry and science, but especially witnesses.
Baird urged residents to film, photograph and report anyone acting suspiciously.
"Arson is one of the hardest crimes to solve," Baird told the Herald Sun. "Any information can be vital from description of cars, registration numbers to photos and mobile phone video."