What idiots do during a fire ban!
Got heaps of rubbish in your backyard? Wait for a fire ban when half the state is ablaze, ignite your crap and then slip down to the club for a pokie session and an all-you-can-eat lunch, or something similar.
Homes have been wiped out in the northern New South Wales town of Tingha, which is still surrounded by fire, while police have charged a woman in relation to another fire that continues to burn at Tabulam near Tenterfield. The extremely dry, hot and gusty conditions with constantly changing wind directions have put firefighters to the test for almost two days. A 40-year-old woman was charged with intentionally starting the fire around Tabulam in the state’s north-east when she set rubbish in her backyard alight. The fire was then left unattended and proceeded to spread to bushland behind her home.
Homes confirmed lost in Tingha fire, woman charged over starting blaze at Tabulam
When she saw the fire had spread she rang triple-zero and unsuccessfully tried to extinguish the flames with a backyard hose.
The Tabulam fire is at an emergency level and it is too late to leave for those around the Sugarbag Road area.
The fire razed five homes in the area on Tuesday.
In the town of Tingha on the northern tablelands, homes around the edge of the village have been lost and the fire also remains at emergency level.
RFS spokesman Greg Allen said the property damage was along Howell Road.
The fire around the town was described as “mammoth” by Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall.
All roads in and out of the town have been closed.
The fire is burning towards properties on Guyra Road to the east of Tingha and is also burning uncontained on the northern side near Inverell Airport, towards Ponds Road and Airport Road.
The town of Old Mill is also under threat.
Winds are expected to change direction throughout the night, threatening more properties to the east and north of the fire.
RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said the fire was burning “very aggressively”.
An emergency warning is also in place for a fire in the area of Jennings, north of Tenterfield.
Conditions are worsening and the fire is spreading quickly towards Sandy Hill and Drake.
There is an immediate threat to properties between Mount Lindesay Road and the Bruxner Highway.
Disaster assistance available
Winds at all fires are expected to change throughout the night, leading to more erratic conditions.
However temperatures should drop by about 10 degrees Celsius today, the BOM said.
For Tingha residents, an evacuation centre has been established at the Bundarra School of Arts Hall and the Tingha Sports and Recreation Club is also open for residents requiring accommodation.
For those affected near Jennings, an evacuation centre has been set up at Tenterfield Memorial Hall.
In Tabulam, residents can evacuate to the Bonalbo Bowling Club.
Disaster assistance has been made available for Armidale, Inverell, Kyogle and Tenterfield communities affected by the bushfires that commenced from February 11 onwards.
The assistance is provided through the jointly funded Commonwealth-State Disaster funding arrangements.
“In the midst of all the carnage this fire is causing, here is a little bit of good news,” MP Adam Marshall said.