Emergency Warnings issued as bushfires rage in New South Wales

Emergency warnings have been issued for two bushfires burning out of control in New South Wales as the State deals with high temperatures and strong winds.

Fire crews are currently battling 33 bushfires burning across the State.

Emergency warnings are in place for fires burning at Tingha near Inverell, and Tabulum near Tenterfield.


The New South Wales Rural Fire Service has advised that the Tingha fire is spreading quickly towards the township and there is an immediate threat to properties between Lake Copeton and Tingha.

Firefighters and aircraft have been unable to slow the spread of the fire.

Emergency Alert telephone warnings have been sent to homes and mobile phones in the area.

An emergency evacuation centre has been opened at Inverell High School on Brae St.

The Tabulum fire is burning on both sides of the Bruxner Highway, approximately four kilometres west of Tabulam and is spreading towards the Jubullum Aboriginal settlement.

The fire may impact on the Jubullum Aboriginal settlement.

The RFS warns that under current conditions, the fire may impact on the Tabulam township this afternoon.

People in the area of the Jubullum Aboriginal settlement are being urged to seek shelter if the fire impacts.

A Watch and Act alert is also in place for a fire burning at Linton near Tamworth.

That blaze has already burnt out more than 650 hectares and is out of control.

The RFS says the blaze is spreading quickly in an easterly direction towards Kingstown.

There is a number of rural properties in the area along Warrabah Road which are under threat.

  • If your life is at risk, call Triple Zero (000) immediately.
  • Continue to stay up to date with the bush fire situation by checking http://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au, listening to your local radio station or by calling the NSW RFS Bush Fire Information Line on 1800 679 737.
  • If you live in the area but are away from home, it may not be safe to return to your property.
  • For information on road closures, check http://livetraffic.rta.nsw.gov.au. Roads may be closed without warning.