The Rural Fire Service has confirmed 26 houses have so far been lost in the recent bushfires in Northern NSW.
A total of 16 in the Long Gully Road fire near Drake, two homes in the Shark Creek bushfire near Yamba and one home was destroyed at the Mount McKenzie Road bushfire near Tenterfield.
Northern Tablelands RFS spokesperson Reynir Potter says those numbers could increase.
“We’ve done a bushfire impact analysis of approximately 90 percent of the homes in the Bees Nest area so the number may rise but it’s an absolute tragedy that we have to inform you that we have had seven homes lost in the area but saying that we’ve got to acknowledge the extraordinary efforts of the firefighters on the ground, we’ve seen that’s there’s 156 homes that have been unaffected.”
First published at the ABC Coffs Coast Facebook page – 17 September 2019.