Emmaville residents at risk as Torrington blaze continues to spread

Photo captured by Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall.
Photo captured by Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall.

The Rural Fire Service (RFS) is warning residents of Emmaville that tomorrow is likely to bring dangerous fire conditions to the region.

An RFS spokesperson said the town has been warned that if their plan when threatened by fire is to evacuate, it is safest to do so earliest.

The out-of-control blaze has impacted the town of Torrington and although official numbers have not been confirmed by RFS at least 10 houses have been reportedly engulfed by flames.

The small community of Torrington, while still under threat, started fighting the worst blaze in living history on Friday according to local residents.


Local man Richard Cork shared his concerns on Monday afternoon, worried that if fire fighters could not contain the blaze by the evening, things could get worse.

"I have three properties and I've lost one, completed guttered. I've been preparing for four months, sprinklers the lot. I'm worried about embers...

"If they don't get ahead by tonight, it won't be good for Emmaville... and weather conditions tomorrow aren't good either."

At time of writing the Gulf Road blaze near Torrington is at advice level.

If you are in the areas of Torrington, Stannum, Bolivia Hill, Silent Grove and Pyes Creek Road near the New England Highway, monitor conditions.

Follow your Bush Fire Survival Plan and prepare for a bush fire in your area.

The fire has burnt more than 54,200 hectares and is currently out of control.

The RFS tomorrow will implement a strategy of keeping resources in reserve in order to be able to quickly respond if fire threatens life or property. At the moment the service is using their crews to consolidate their position.

Conditions could be as bad or worse than they were in Friday's deadly blaze.

Emmaville's hospital, which is a Multi-Purpose Centre that also includes an aged care facility, is being looked at as a vulnerable facility.

The Gulf Road blaze closed the New England Highway on Friday, but the road has reopened between Tenterfield and Deepwater at reduced speeds.

These are very dangerous conditions. Visit the NSW RFS website for more details. If your life is at risk, call Triple Zero (000) immediately.

Continue to stay up to date with the bush fire situation by checking http://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au, listening to your local radio station or by calling the NSW RFS Bush Fire Information Line on 1800 679 737.

For information on road closures, check http://livetraffic.rta.nsw.gov.au. Roads may be closed without warning.

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