May 19, 2024
Firestorms destroy scores of properties across NSW
Initial estimates from the Rural Fire Service late on Sunday put the number of homes destroyed over the weekend at 60, taking the total lost in NSW so far this bushfire season to 1425.
Initial estimates from the Rural Fire Service late on Sunday put the number of homes destroyed over the weekend at 60, taking the total lost in NSW so far this bushfire season to 1425.

Hundreds of properties are likely to have been destroyed in the firestorms that have devastated vast tracts of NSW, leaving large numbers of people homeless and in desperate need of assistance.

After a “horrendous” weekend on the state’s South Coast, the Southern Highlands and the Snowy Mountains, milder weather conditions offered firefighters and residents a brief reprieve before hotter temperatures and gusty winds are forecast to return later this week.

Despite the milder conditions, 150 fires are still burning across the state including a giant blaze south-west of Eden on the far South Coast, which has torn across more than 140,000 hectares, turning daytime “pitch black” and leaving residents terrified.

Fires also swept through the Southern Highlands and Kangaroo Valley, destroying homes at Bundanoon, Wingello and other small towns after an enormous blaze in the state’s south known as the Currowan fire jumped the Shoalhaven River late on Saturday night.

The death toll in NSW from the bushfire crisis rose to 17 after David Harrison, a 47-year-old from Goulburn, died from a cardiac arrest on Saturday while helping a friend defend his rural property at Batlow in the Snowy Mountains. Four firefighters were injured at the weekend, including one who had serious burns to his hands.

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