Reports of property damage as bushfire traps Tingha, second emergency at Tabulam



February 13, 2019 16:35:11

There are reports properties have been destroyed around Tingha as a “mammoth” bushfire threatens the NSW town in the second day of horrific fire conditions across much of the state.

ABC reporters confirmed the fire had reached the outskirts of Tingha as they evacuated from the town this afternoon.

Residents from the community have been bussed to the nearby town of Guyra.

Firefighters are now in property protection mode as the out of control blaze closes in on the town.

RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said the fire is burning “very aggressively”.

“It’s all around Tingha … burning quickly in the north, the south and there is spotting across the town out to the east,” he said.

Rural Fire Service spokesperson Greg Allen said the property damage is on Howell Road but it is too early to know the scale of the destruction.

“Until we can have our official teams on the ground and assess the situation we won’t have a full number or the extent of the damage but we do have reports of properties that have been destroyed,” he said.

The fire has been at an emergency level for much of the past 24 hours.

There is a second emergency warning for a blaze at Tabulam, where several homes were destroyed yesterday.

More to come.







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