21 March, 2018
The RFS waited about three hours to call for the help of Fire & Rescue NSW as a raging bushfire tore through the Bega region on Sunday afternoon, despite FRNSW offering assistance a couple of times.
Those who lost property were given priority to board "site inspection" buses taking them into Tathra from 10am.
"Dealing with fires on those days - the chances of us stopping that fire completely with another truck - I don't think would've been any measurable difference", he said.
Sunday's ferocious blaze tore through almost 100 houses, caravans and cabins in the coastal town, with many residents saying they weren't given any warning or time to save their belongings.
Authorities have been checking for asbestos, fallen power lines, unstable structures and other hazards.
Smoke rises from bushfires near the village of Tathra, New South Wales.
"I'm a wreck. I'll be okay but the young couple with mortgages and no insurance, well it's very bad".
Thousands of livestock have been killed in the fast-moving fires that swept through more than 1,000 hectares of land in the dairy-farming region, emergency services said.
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Some residents will be allowed to return on Tuesday afternoon to certain suburbs after firefighters made headway against the blaze overnight.
"We are not trying to be insensitive or disrespectful to those who are already suffering so much, but their safety is at the forefront, and the safety of other people involved". They're expected to be completed in the coming week.
"There was a number of fires going on right around the state and that area and we brought the bare resources as quickly as we could that was appropriate", RFS Deputy Commissioner Rob Rogers said.
"As the fire came close, you could actually hear the sound of the fire and see the enormity of it coming over the hill", Porter told AFP.
The offer of an urban pumper wouldn't have been appropriate because of the terrain.
Mr Sherlock was more concerned about prohibitions on backburning. "Like, trucks couldn't have got where the fire was", Matt Sherlock told the Nine Network.
Dozens of homes have been destroyed by a bushfire in the NSW coastal town of Tathra.
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