An inquiry into last year’s Orroral Valley Fire has been launched in a bid to provide more answers into its origin.

It’s believed to have been caused by the landing of an Army Helicopter in the Namadgi National Park on 27 January 2020.

In the month following, the fire spread into New South Wales, burning through 80% of the Namadgi National Park in the process and posing the greatest threat to the city of Canberra since the devastating 2003 bushfires.

ACT Chief Coroner Lorraine Walker launched the investigation on Wednesday, labelling the event as a matter of ‘public significance’.

“It is in the public interest that all relevant matters concerning the cause and origin of the fire – and the actions taken to respond to it – are fully considered.”

As it burned across the border, the fire became known as the Clear Range Fire and was managed by the NSW Rural Fire Service.

However, the Coroner does not have jurisdiction to look into matters related to the fire beyond the ACT border.

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