10 October 2019

Firefighters deploy to NSW north coast emergency

| Michael Weaver
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ACT Rural Fire Service

Personnel from ACT Parks and Conservation have been deployed to fight fires on the NSW North Coast area today. Photo: ACT ESA.

The flow of emergency services personnel to assist firefighting efforts in NSW continues, with 12 ACT Parks and Conservation members deploying to the NSW North Coast area today.

The personnel will be working for five days in firefighting roles, where fires have significantly impacted the townships of Rappville, Busby Creek, Coombell and Myrtle Creek near Casino.

Firefighters have been working around the clock to save properties where up to 30 homes have been destroyed or severely damaged.

Two fires, at Drake near Tenterfield and at Busbys Flat near Rappville, had joined together to form one large blaze which has already consumed 92,000 hectares.

More than 30 fires are burning across NSW but the Rural Fire Service hopes more favourable weather conditions will assist them ahead of rain forecast this weekend.

This latest deployment brings the total of deployed personnel from the ACT to 110.

An ACT Emergency Services Agency spokesperson said the deployment of firefighters will not impact on fire protection for the ACT.

“We wish all crews safe travels and thank them for their commitment and support,” the spokesperson said.

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