NSW bushfires start of a long summer

Friday 11 Oct 2019

Up to 30 homes have been destroyed or severely damaged and some residents suffered burns when a huge out-of-control bushfire in northern New South Wales ripped through the rural hamlet of Rappville.

Rural Fire Service deputy commissioner Rob Rogers says the blaze wreaked havoc on Tuesday afternoon ahead of what’s likely to be a “very long summer” of bushfires. Rogers said on Wednesday that two fires - at Drake near Tenterfield and at Busbys Flat near Rappville - had joined together to form one large blaze which has already consumed 92,000 hectares.

Crews continue to battle the massive fire as they work to contain it over the coming days. “Unless we get some really meaningful rain, I think it’s going to be a very long summer. Before these fires, we had already lost around 44 homes in NSW due to fires so far this fire season, and obviously that number could climb significantly from these fires.”

More than 30 fires are burning across NSW but the RFS hopes more favourable weather conditions will help them get the upper hand ahead of forecast weekend rain. The cause of the fire is being probed, with investigators working to establish whether it was accidental or started deliberately, the deputy commissioner said.

Source: The Gaurdian

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