DOZENS of homes have been destroyed, more than 100 buildings have been damaged and countless family pets and livestock killed following an outbreak of catastrophic bushfires in NSW.
The NSW Rural Fire Service is continuing its assessment of areas affected by bushfires which broke out in catastrophic fire conditions last weekend.
At this stage, a total of 44 homes have been confirmed destroyed across the state, with 13 others damaged. A further 142 outbuildings (sheds) were burnt to the ground – 42 were damaged.
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A fire which flared up at Sir Ivan in the state’s Central West destroyed 34 homes and caused damage to a further 10.
The local church and community hall were both also destroyed, along with 120 outbuildings and 5,700 kilometres o fencing.
As many as 430 sheep and 55 cattle died in the inferno, along with 325 goats, 20 dogs and three alpacas.
The NSW RFS is still assessing this area.
An additional six homes and 11 outbuildings were destroyed by fire at Pappinbarra, while four homes and 13 outbuildings were lost in fires at Dondingalong, Boggabri and in the state’s Mid West.
The Department of Primary Industries has also advised of significant losses of farming infrastructure and stock.