At least 70 homes and businesses have been completely destroyed by raging bushfires in the NSW town of Tathra.
The blaze broke out in hot and windy conditions on Sunday afternoon, with NSW fire crews stating on social media overnight that it’s been a “dangerous and difficult day”.
“At 8pm there was 26 bush and grass fires, with 12 uncontained,” Fire and Rescue NSW tweeted.
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“The fire at Tathra is at Emergency Warning. Crews are still working to extinguish homes which are alight.”
A Rural Fire Service spokesperson confirmed the fire has now been downgraded from emergency warning to watch and act level, despite fires still popping up in the township area.
Crews began to assess the extent of damage caused by the out-of-control fires at first daylight today, with the devastation on the coastal town clearly evident.
“We’re looking at 70 buildings lost at the moment,” NSW RFS Deputy Commissioner Rob Rogers told TODAY.
“It’s obviously extremely devastating for those families”.
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As the clean-up continues today, the Rural Fire Service is urging people to be patient and stay out of the area, with fallen trees and powerlines and fears of asbestos in many homes, posing a risk.