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Border fire “blows up” after overnight wind change.
Rural communities in southern NSW are bracing as a bushfire spreads rapidly from the Victorian border.
NSW Rural Fire Service spokesman Greg Potts says the border fire, which is burning at an emergency level, is moving towards the small communities of Burragate and Towamba. The fire was spreading quickly and “blew up” on Saturday night when a southerly wind change swept through NSW, Mr Potts said.
“This morning Towamba and Burragate are likely to be impacted by the border fire,” Mr Potts said on Sunday outside the Bega Valley RFS headquarters.
“We saw extraordinary fire behaviour last night. The border fire blew up and there were extraordinary changes where the sky went red.
“The fire basically created its own weather and ran at an extraordinary speed from the NSW border.”
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