RFS Fundraiser in Dundurrabin community centre on Sunday

A special Rural Fire Service fundraiser will be held at the Dundurrabin community centre on Sunday to raise funds for the Tyringham RFS Brigade. There will be great food - coffee, cakes and a variety of lunch options, plus a mega raffle.

Tyringham resident and RFS member Shakti Mudra said the facilities at their Tyringham fire shed needed upgrading and more equipment was needed to fight fires in such dry conditions.

Tyringham and Dundurrabin welcomes any support as they begin to recover from the recent fires.

The morning tea will be held at the Dundurrabin Community Centre, Armidale Rd, from 10am to 2pm.

Businesses from around the region have generously donated more than $700 in prizes for a huge raffle.

Shakti Mudra

Shakti Mudra

There will also be information stalls including RFS for Bushfire plans, rural mental health support and disaster relief information.

The sheer enormity of the blazes in Kingsgate and Bees Nest have shocked even experienced Rural Fire Service NSW superintendent Allyn Purkiss.

"There's a lot of dirty work to be done, we have to use thermal imaging cameras to find hot-spots and put them out," Mr Purkiss said late last week.

"The fires are so big we just don't have enough volunteers to monitor all of the lines, all of the time.

"I haven't seen a fire at this scale, I was in charge of one around 2012, 2013 in this area that got to 87,000, but the Bees Nest fire on its own is over 100,000 hectares."

The Bees Nest Fire, which started with a lightning strike on August 30, has burnt over 100,300 hectares on both sides of the Guy Fawkes gorge, and is still being controlled. Its perimeter is more than 912km.

On Friday in extreme weather and wind conditions the fire spread towards Ebor in the south and through Marengo, Hernani and to Mt Hyland, then north through Glen Fernaigh, Tyringham, Dundurrabin and Billy's Creek.

The eastern flank of the fire affected Muldiva, Deervale, Bostobrick and Moonpar. On the western flank, it has gone as far as Wongwibinda and Ward's Mistake.

RFS volunteer Shakti Mudra said the fire and the ongoing work to put in containment lines had devastated grazing properties and vast areas of native forest, world heritage rainforest, and all the birds and animals living in this bush.

"The Tyringham RFS and members of the local communities put in an extraordinary effort to keep people safe, protect properties, and put in containment lines to protect Tyringham, Dundurrabin and Billy's Creek," Ms Mudra said.

"For about two weeks, we provided food for 150 to 200 firefighters from all over NSW, throughout the day and night. Many thanks to all those who baked and provided so much food. The firefighters said it was the best food they had ever had on the fire line."


Also making the news: