Properties lost in NSW bushfires

Feb 13, 2017, 00:45
Properties lost in NSW bushfires

The "Sir Ivan" bushfire, near Dunedoo. on Sunday.

"We're talking indices tomorrow up over 150, 160, which is quite extraordinary", he said. Check the RFS website or Fires Near Me smartphone app.

'I was up in the back paddock to see how close it was and I took off because I could see some flames.

"My house and all my property is totally gone", he said.

Properties have been destroyed after nearly 100 fires burned across NSW on the weekend, with teams expected to begin assessing the extent of the damage on Monday.

Residents have been warned to stay indoors and keep cool.

Central west NSW suffered the worst of it.

Residents of the towns of Uarbry and Turill, north of Mudgee, were told to leave their homes about midday on Sunday after a fire breached containment lines.

The areas hit by fires are hundreds of kilometres from Sydney, the state capital.

Anyone east of Cassilis has been advised to leave now towards Merriwa, and anyone north of Ulan should move south towards Mudgee.

Well prepared homes that are actively defended can provide safety during a fire.

It is believed eight homes have been lost to this fire.

Fire expert teams were heading to central west New South Wales on Monday morning to assess the scale of loss from the weekend's blazes, as more than 80 bushfires continued to burn across the state.

The RFS had earlier directed people from outlying areas to head for shelter in Cassilis, a town of about 300 people, but with the fire approaching, the RFS deployed its crews to defend the town.

"The fire is burning in catastrophic fire conditions", the RFS said.

FIRE RACING: The Rural Fire Service warned strong winds in the region would enable the fire in the Leadville to spread quickly. It would be hard for firefighters to contain the fire.

The Golden Highway was closed due to smoke and was expected to remain closed for the rest of the day.

The NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) has declared a total fire ban across the state this weekend.

Mr Fitzsimmons said the front would eventually offer relief, but would create volatile conditions as it met the northwesterly flow.

Mr Osborne said the zone had 145 vehicles and could call on Fire and Rescue NSW assistance.

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