Police have arrested and charged two teenagers after a fire threatened homes in Inverell, in the state's north.

Emergency services were called to scrubland on the western side of the Macintyre River.

The fire burned out about five hectares, coming within 10-metres of homes in Davey and May Streets before Fire & Rescue NSW officers were able to extinguish the blaze.

Acting Crime Manager at New England Local Area Command, Inspector Stuart Gray, says officers from the Rural Crime Unit located the suspects.

"They've arrested and charged a 14-year-old boy and a 14-year-old girl with cause or set fire to the property of another, which is an offence under the Rural Fires Act (NSW) 1997," he said.

"Both were given conditional bail and will appear at Inverell Children's Court on December 5.

 

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