Fire recovery continues; Bushfire danger set to increase.


Byline: Rebecca Lollback

WORK is continuing in Rappville and surrounding areas in an effort to "restore normality as quickly as possible" following the devastating bushfires.

NSW Rural Fire Service said there had been a "flurry of activity".

"Fire & Rescue NSW is dealing with a number of burnt dwellings that have had asbestos detected," the organisation posted on Facebook.

"Essential Energy is working to restore power to the area.

"ARTC are working to remove and replace rail sleepers across the Rappville rail bridge so that the rail corridor can be opened.

"Firefighters and council are checking fire-affected trees so that roads can be opened.

"It's a combined effort from the community, volunteer and government services working to try and restore normality as quickly as possible."

The bushfire at Busbys Flat is still out of control but listed at "Advice" level.

A total of 45 homes have now been confirmed destroyed following the fires.

Building Impact Assessment teams are continuing their assessment of impacted properties, and crews have now surveyed more than 550 buildings and confirmed the following losses:

45 homes destroyed, 11 damaged, 166 in the direct area of the fire saved.

Five facilities including a hall destroyed, nine damaged, 18 saved.

87 outbuildings destroyed, 32 damaged, 191 saved.

Teams are continuing their assessments, and these numbers will change as more remote areas are inspected.

Of the homes destroyed, 37 were impacted by the Busbys Flat Rd fire.

Eight properties were destroyed by the Long Gully Rd fire this week, in addition to 24 which were destroyed last month.

Across the bushfire season to date, a total of 89 homes have been destroyed in NSW.

"There are also confirmed stock losses and major infrastructure damage throughout the fire area," the RFS said in a community update.

"Essential Energy is working to restore power to affected areas and agencies are actively canvassing the area to assist landowners and determine community assistance needs over the coming days.

"Please slow down when driving through affected areas.

"Firefighters and recovery services are active in the area and roads may be closed at short notice.

"Only minimal rainfall has fallen across some areas, therefore firefighters will need to implement planned back burning operations over the coming days to assist in containing the fire.

"These operations will likely commence in the north-western area of the fire around Busbys...

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