FIRE UPDATE: 45 homes destroyed in devastating bushfires
UPDATE 2.44pm: CASINO Detectives are asking for anyone who had property damaged or destroyed in this week's bushfires to attend their local police station.
They would like you to fill out a damaged property questionaire, to help them assess the damage and collate evidence.
Please share this with anyone you know who may have been affected.
UPDATE 2pm: A TOTAL of 45 homes have now been confirmed destroyed following the bush fires in northern NSW this week.
NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) Building Impact Assessment teams are continuing their assessment of impacted properties.
Crews have now surveyed more than 550 buildings and confirmed the following losses:
- 45 homes destroyed, 11 damaged, 166 in the direct area of the fire saved
- 5 facilities including a hall destroyed, 9 damaged, 18 saved
- 87 outbuildings destroyed, 32 damaged, 191 saved
"BIA teams are continuing their assessments, and these numbers will change as more remote areas are inspected," the RFS said.
"Of the homes destroyed, 37 were impacted by the Busbys Flat Road fire.
"Eight properties were destroyed by the Long Gully Road fire this week, in addition to 24 which were destroyed last month.
"Across the bush fire season to date, a total of 89 homes have been destroyed in NSW."
ORIGINAL STORY: THE Busbys Rd bushfire -- which is believed to have been deliberately lit -- remains at Advice level according to the Rural Fire Service.
Two people have been confirmed dead in the bushfires after police found bodies on a remote property on Wednesday night.
The RFS website explains conditions have eased and they had seen a decrease in fire activity since yesterday.
But the fire has burned about 40,000 hectares and is still not under control.
"Firefighters and aircraft have slowed the spread of the fire, and are being assisted by milder conditions," the RFS said.
"Crews will monitor the fire and conduct backburns where conditions allow, to help contain the fire.
"Building Impact Assessment teams have been inspecting damage to properties in the area. A significant number of homes or other buildings have been destroyed, including in the Rappville area."
Another bush fire burning in the Drake and Ewingar area has burnt more than 73,590 hectares, is being controlled. This fire has joined the Busbys Flat Road, Busbys Flat fire
"Firefighters continue to work to contain the fire and strengthen containment lines,' the RFS said.
"Clarence Way remains closed and is expected to remain so for some time."
If you are in areas to the north of the fire, including Pikapene, Mongogarie, Coombell and Ellangowan, continue to monitor conditions and watch for burning embers which may be blown ahead of the fire.
If you are to the east of the fire in the Bungawalbin area, monitor conditions. Take advice from firefighters working in the area.
If you live in the areas of Busbys Flat, Rappville and Wyan where the fire has been burning, it may not be safe to return to your home. There are numerous dangerous trees and damaged power poles in the area. Roads are closed.
An evacuation centre has been set up at at St Marys Primary School - 120 Centre Street, Casino for people who require assistance. Small domestic animals can be taken to the evacuation centre. Larger animals can be taken to the Casino Showgrounds, Summerland Way.
If your life is at risk, call Triple Zero (000) immediately.
Continue to stay up to date with the bush fire situation by checking http://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au, listening to your local radio station or by calling the NSW RFS Bush Fire Information Line on 1800 679 737.
For information on road closures, check http://livetraffic.rta.nsw.gov.au. Roads may be closed without warning.