Bushfire threat near Bega in Southern NSW eases, but firefighters fear 70 homes and buildings lost
Written by Josh Agnew on March 19, 2018
More than 70 homes and businesses are feared to have been destroyed in and around the town of Tathra, on the New South Wales south coast after a bushfire swept through the region.
It is believed at least four people in the Tathra region have been treated for smoke inhalation, and one Rural Fire Service volunteer has been injured, but there are no reports of missing people in the area.
Paul Best from the New South Wales Rural Fire Service told Pulse FM “Building impact assessment teams will move across the fire ground and that will be a process of going street to street, house to house”.
The RFS said it was not yet safe for residents to return home due to a number of hazards like fallen trees and downed powerlines.
“It is really a dangerous place for people to be at the moment and we are definitely asking people to remain outside the township of Tathra as the firefighters go about their work,” Mr Best said.
Affected residents are being told to remain at an evacuation centre in the nearby town of Bega.
More than 200 residents have sought shelter at the evacuation centre where they are being provided with food, toiletries and clothes.