Inspector Campbell said he had been going from one fire to the next since October, when he was at the Glen Innes fires, and the conditions forecast for the Batlow area on Saturday were up there with the worst of the season anywhere so far. He said his family had evacuated to various places including Tumut and Melbourne, but he was going to stay to save his home if he could. hard the small town had been working. “We’re in Batlow at the moment purely "Holy mackerel. Batlow is still counting the cost of the weekend's fires. He said his family had evacuated to various places including Tumut and Melbourne, but he was going to stay to save his home if he could. The Dunns Road bushfire was burning just outside the town.

"That section was a kitchen, brand-new kitchen. The fire was later downgraded to watch and act about 8.30pm. His reason for deciding to stay when most other residents had left was simple. NSW Rural Fire Service district co-ordinator Peter Jones said crews estimated that 31 houses and 68 outbuildings had been lost to fire in areas south of Batlow, including the northern part of Tumbarumba. Mr Gordon-Hall rushed home from an overseas holiday to discover his house had been wiped out. The NSW Fire Service said there may still be active fires and unburnt areas and … Rather mine burn down and keep the neighbours. "After what we've seen on the TV from the [South] Coast, there's a lot of heartbreak out there and a lot of people have lost their homes. Batlow residents intending to stay to defend their homes from fire, despite warnings from the RFS that the town is not defendable, are again being urged to go. Max Gordon-Hall at the remains of his Batlow home. “These fires are not something to be taken “We have cleared gutters, removed branches Ahola, who has experienced fighting bushfires want to be in the inner circle of hell come Saturday, it isn’t worth being each other,” she said. Like us on Facebook to see similar stories, NSW weather: flood rescues, power blackouts and transport chaos as storms lash state, Rapper Busta Rhymes shows off new physique in stunning transformation photo: 'Don't ever give up on yourself', "I'm always honest", says Phil Gould who reckons his NRL grand final call wasn't biased, PM and Patel 'should apologise for lawyer attacks', South Korea pharma Celltrion's COVID test gets U.S. emergency use authorisation, Police video of fatal shooting of motorist in Illinois will be released, Alec Baldwin's wife Hilaria posts series of chaotic family snaps, Luke and Jasmin's copycat scam exposed on The Block, AFL trade news 2020: All the latest news and rumours on every player and club, Officials Ask FBI to Investigate 'Deliberate' Fire Inside Boston Ballot Dropbox, Westpac has taken a $1.2 billion hit to its bottom line as the bank settles its debts – including $415 million in money laundering fines, The Green party won in Auckland by reaching beyond its own bubble, More storms on the way for south-east Queensland, Everything Coming To Binge In November 2020, This is Hands Down the Cutest Halloween Pizza Ever, Boris Becker says he will clear his name amid court battle, Biden blasts Trump admin over Meadows' pandemic comments, Aerospace industry records worst quarter as Covid halts sales, A new global ranking of universities shows two Australian unis have improved their performance significantly, 'I've worked in childcare for 25 years.

and do our part,” Ms Ahola said. By Sally Rawsthorne. But late on Friday the Dunns Road fire was upgraded to emergency level and people in the Batlow area were told it was now too late to leave. Most of the town left yesterday when the town was declared a leave zone, but some remain. their own concerns. "Up here was a brand-new sunroom I'd just finished. You can help these organisations by donating here and for the latest news and RFS links visit Bushfire emergency. Picture: Dion Georgopoulos. ', You Can Cook Mouth-Watering Pork Crackling In An Air Fryer, Van de Beek shouldn't have joined Man Utd – Van Basten, Free school meals: Boris Johnson facing growing backbench revolt over refusal to extend policy, Australian shares rise, as Coca-Cola Amatil receives $9.3b takeover bid, You'll never believe what lies behind this unassuming house front, Melbourne lockdown costing $200m each day, Offset thanks fans after being detained by police, Puffy Lounge Chair by Faye Toogood for Hem, Cameron Smith: NRL grand final a fitting finale if this is it for Melbourne Storm great, Why pop stars are hailing Tanzania's president. But in just one weekend of fires, the home was reduced to little but rubble.

He said he intended to stay and keep defending the property, "but if things get too heavy, I might have to go somewhere else". Mr Twemlow said he came across an elderly woman and her brother in their backyard who planned to take shelter in a cellar. He told them to evacuate because it was not safe. facing could very easily turn out to be as dangerous as expected. “There are people in town determined to "If it gets too bad, I'll probably have to leave [the house]," Mr Salmon said. Would you pay £20,000 to save your pet's life? "The firies were here trying to put it out apparently. A few houses away, fellow homeowner Graham Salmon was on his roof filling the gutters with water and blocking downpipes. At Microsoft News Australia we've partnered with the giving platform Benevity to raise funds for Australian Red Cross, St Vincent De Paul Society and The Salvation Army; these organisations are helping communities across the country devastated by bushfires. There are quite a few cars there, so I'd probably head down there.

stopped helping residents keep their properties safe. All that work for nothing," he said. "There seems to be a bit of a safe haven down at the showground.

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