A homeless man accused of lighting a grassfire in Canberra during a total fire ban on Thursday has been denied bail because of the serious risk to the community.
Shane Mason, 48, is facing charges over two fires, including one lit in early January.
Police say on Thursday Mason was found hiding under a bridge after a fire had been deliberately lit near the Tuggeranong Parkway and Lady Denman Drive in the city's south.
The fire left Mason with severe burns to his throat, chest and arms.
He was taken to the Canberra Hospital and later to Sydney's Concord Hospital for treatment.
At the weekend he was discharged from hospital and returned to Canberra where he was immediately arrested.
On Monday he appeared in the ACT Magistrates Court with a bandage to his entire right arm.
The court heard he is homeless and suffers from bipolar disorder.
Chief Magistrate Lorraine Walker told the court the police have a strong case and she would not release Mason because of the potential risk to the community.