The police helicopter was called in after children were seen running away from a burning telegraph pole in a Doncaster village.
The chopper from the National Police Air Service, at Carr Gate, Wakefield, was drafted in to help officers on the ground after the incident on Saturday afternoon.
One youngster was helping police with their inquiries after the 2.10pm incident
NPAS Carr Gate revealed the incident on Twitter.
The service said: “Fires spotted in wooded area and telegraph pole burning. Kids nearby make off. 1 assisting enqs.”