– With AAP.
1. ‘All gone.’ Up to 20 homes have been lost in out-of-control NSW bushfires.
As many as 20 homes may have been lost in an out-of-control bushfire burning in northern NSW.
As of early Wednesday morning, the fire is burning in the area of Rappville, Wyan, The Island, Myrtle Creek, Wineshanty, and Mount Belmore State Forest.
The NSW Rural Fire Service said a number of homes in the village of Rappville, with a population of around 250 people, were destroyed when the fire ripped through the town.
“I’ve lost the bloody sheds, the house, lost everything,” Rappville resident Danny Smith told reporters on the scene.
“We might have saved the second place but everything else has gone.”
Also losing his home in the blaze was 83-year-old John Duncan.
His daughter Carol has put together a GoFundMe page to help her father who she says “lost everything except the clothes he was wearing”.
“He has nothing. He’s been a battler his entire life. And what he did have is now a pile of ashes. I feel utterly helpless,” the page reads.
Ms Duncan says her father left Canberra after “experiencing the devastating 2004 bushfires and not wanting to go through it again”.
By Wednesday morning, the page had raised more than $8800.
— Carol Duncan (@carolduncan) October 8, 2019
An evacuation centre has been set up at St Mary’s Catholic College in Casino for those who were forced to flee the Busbys Flat fire.
RFS spokesman Greg Allan told AAP firefighters were not expecting until Wednesday to see a reprieve in the hot and windy conditions they were experiencing as they battled the fire.
A blaze at Long Gully Road at Drake also tore through more than 72,000 on Tuesday.