As many as 20 homes may have been lost in an out-of-control bushfire burning in northern NSW.
The blaze at Busbys Flat, south of Casino, was one of two that were still at emergency warning levels on Tuesday night.
The NSW Rural Fire Service said a number of homes in the village of Rappville, with a population of around 250 people, were destroyed when the fire ripped through the town.
A number of major fires continue to burn across northern NSW. The below photo shows how close the Long Gully Road fire & Busbys Flat Road fires are burning to each other. A number of spot fires are starting ahead of the Long Gully fire, south of the Busbys Flat Road fire. #nswrfs pic.twitter.com/toCsdwboEn
— NSW RFS (@NSWRFS) October 8, 2019
“I’ve lost the bloody sheds, the house, lost everything,” Rappville resident Danny Smith told reporters on the scene.
“We might have saved the second place but everything else has gone.”
Please be aware of warnings following a fire impacting the townships of Rappville, Busby Creek, Coombell and Myrtle Creek, near Casino https://t.co/eu9edmAyd1
— NSW Police Force (@nswpolice) October 8, 2019
Also losing his home in the blaze was 83-year-old John Duncan.
His daughter Carol has put together a GoFundMe page to help her father who she says “lost everything except the clothes he was wearing”.
Ms Duncan says her father left Canberra after “experiencing the devastating 2004 bushfires and not wanting to go through it again”.
By 9pm on Tuesday the page had raised more than $4600.
An evacuation centre has been set up at St Mary’s Catholic College in Casino for those who were forced to flee the Busbys Flat fire.
RFS spokesman Greg Allan told AAP firefighters were not expecting until Wednesday to see a reprieve in the hot and windy conditions they were experiencing as they battled the fire.
A blaze at Long Gully Road at Drake also tore through more than 72,000 on Tuesday.
Despite a cooler weather forecast from midweek – with temperatures expected to drop to the mid-20s – continued dry conditions meant fire dangers would not immediately fall away.