The New South Wales Rural Fire Service has confirmed at least two homes and one business have been destroyed in a Hunter Valley bushfire.
- Two Hunter bushfires have been downgraded after reaching emergency level yesterday
- A tyre shop at Weston has been destroyed
- The NSW RFS is concerned about deteriorating conditions expected tomorrow
Hundreds of firefighters will concentrate on a back-burning operation in the Hunter Valley today, ahead of expected worsening conditions tomorrow.
Three fires combined late yesterday at Abermain to form one major fire in searing conditions, and reaching Emergency Level.
The fire has so far scorched more than 600 hectares.
A family of six including four children — a 15-year-old girl, eight year old girl, and five year old twin boys — at Weston have lost their home 10 days before Christmas.
An online fundraiser has been launched and a local cafe is working as a drop off point for donations to support the family.
A friend of the family Courtney Stride wrote:
“Thankfully everyone’s okay but they have lost everything including their pay from that day!
Corey and Kylie give so much time and effort to their community and would give you the shirt off their backs!
Any little bit will help these amazing people get back on their feet.”
A tyre shop at Weston was also destroyed after coming under attack from embers.
Owner Brian Teasdale said the blaze was extremely volatile.
“The fire was heading south but within the turn of a head it turned around on us in no time,” said Mr Teasdale.