Mayor pleads for safety; Warnings of dire fire season.


Byline: Jackie Munro

WHEN the Gulf Road fire tore through the village of Torrington earlier this month, it destroyed eight homes and forced people to flee for their lives.

And, unfortunately, the NSW Rural Fire Service has warned this is only the beginning of what will be a long, dangerous fire season.

According to the firefighting organisation, more than 300 homes are now confirmed destroyed following the bush fires which have affected large parts of NSW since November 8.

A total of 303 homes have been destroyed, bringing the total number of homes destroyed this bush fire season to 412.

With unprecedented fire conditions frighteningly evident this early in thefire season, Tenterfield mayor Peter Petty has urged residents of the Tenterfield Shire to take action now to ensure their safety in the dangerous months ahead.

"On behalf of the community, I sincerely thank our brave and wonderful fire crews and the many volunteers and council staff who are working tirelessly both in our shire and nearby, to ensure the safety of life and property in whatever capacity," he said.

"We are all suffering from the dry, hot, smoky conditions and the stresses relating to lack of water, drought and fires."

Cr Petty said the NSW RFS website...

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