ARARAT Police are investigating a fire at the town's McDonalds Restaurant.
At around 1.15am on Sunday August 17 police believe an unknown Caucasian male wearing dark clothing attended at the drive-through at McDonalds Ararat on foot, where he ignited a pencil pine tree at that location causing damage to the top third of the tree.
The Country Fire Authority and police attended but the fire self extinguished.
The burning tree was situated very close to a shade sail which fortunately was not damaged.
Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to contact Ararat Police on 5355 1500 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.