A 20-year-old Kaipara man is appearing in the Whangarei District Court today on one charge of arson.

This relates to the recent fire at Kelly's Bay on the Pouto peninsula south of Dargaville.

Northland District Police said there had been a number of fires in the Pouto area over recent times and there was an ongoing investigation.

"The area is extremely dry and these fires are putting the community and property at risk," Police said.

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Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Northland Police on 09 430 4500 or alternatively Crimestoppers 0800 555 111.