Shoalhaven News

NSW fire devastation continues


At least 45 homes have been destroyed in bushfires which swept across northern NSW, killing an elderly couple and leaving locals devastated.

The NSW Rural Fire Service says there's no timeline for when it will be safe for residents to return to fire-ravaged areas as assessment teams continue to count the toll of the blazes.

"We're obviously trying to make safe everything as quick as we can with the assistance of external agencies" RFS spokesman James Morris told AAP on Friday.

As of the last count, 37 homes were destroyed in the Busbys Flat fire which ripped through Rappville and the surrounding area on Tuesday afternoon, while eight houses were razed in the Drake fire, which claimed the lives of 77-year- old Bob Lindsay and Gwen Hyde, 68.

Meantime Illawarra, Shoalhaven and Southern Highlands RFS are among the volunteers being sent in to help out.

Photo source: NSW RFS