Flood and fires: Recovery expert goes from Lismore to Tathra

Fire approaches Kerrisons Lane Bega. Source Paul Tyquin

Authorities said locals were evacuated to a nearby town and there were no reports of anyone missing.

It wasn't until almost three hours later at 3.40pm, with multiple fires raging out of control, the RFS requested additional brigades and assistance from Fire and Rescue NSW.

Map of the bushfire between Bega and Tathra NSW.

The RFS must formally accept an offer of assistance from Fire and Rescue before the government agency is able to respond to emergencies.

The offer of an urban pumper wouldn't have been appropriate because of the terrain.

The Bureau of Meteorology said the forest fire danger index "was the highest on record for March for most areas of the NSW south coast from Nowra southwards, as well as far east Gippsland and parts of the Monaro".

Mr Grant claims the relationship between the state's two fire services is good.

Mr Keelty will focus on the call-taking and dispatch arrangements of both services across the state, NSW Minister for Emergency Services Troy Grant said on Wednesday.

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The latest revelations come on top of questions are being asked about the apparent lack of warning given to residents before it was too late to evacuate.

It is estimated 69 houses and 30 caravans or cabins were destroyed, while some 39 houses were damaged and almost 400 homes were either saved or not affected.

"Dealing with fires on those days - the chances of us stopping that fire completely with another truck - I don't think would've been any measurable difference", he said.

Still, for some of those affected the damage seemed brutal.

No lives have been lost.

Cooler weather overnight helped firefighters, but at 10am on Monday a community update from the Rural Fire Service advised the threat continues. It will be some time before the fire is contained, ' the RFS posted on its Facebook page. Access to homes is being provided to residents as it is safe to do so'.

It is understood some people may be escorted around the area today to see the damage, but won't be allowed to return amid safety concerns such as exposed asbestos, fallen power lines, unstable structures and other hazards.

But he said the town would "stick together and we'll rebuild and look after one another as we always have".



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