NSW bushfires: $48m relief package announced


Federal Emergency Management Minister David Littleproud says $18 million of the $48 million package had been earmarked for community projects.

“When money flows around a community it can help to speed up the whole recovery,” he said.

The package will be targeted at the North Coast, Mid North Coast and Northern Tablelands regions.

Firefighters are on the lookout for new blazes sparked by lightning in the storms that rolled over parts of NSW on Friday and Saturday.

Rain has hampered back burning efforts in some areas, the NSW Rural Fire Service says.

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“Easing conditions will allow firefighters to identify and strengthen containment lines as well as identify new ignitions from yesterday’s storms,” the RFS said on social media.

“Rainfall across some fire grounds yesterday is making access by ground difficult to some areas today. This will limit the amount of firefighting being done by crews today.”

On Sunday morning there were more than 60 fires burning across NSW.

All of these fires were at an “advice” alert level, including the 180,000 hectare Gospers Mountain blaze near Sydney’s northwestern outskirts.

Bureau of Meteorology duty forecaster Elli Blandford says temperatures will be cooler around many of the state’s fire grounds on Sunday.

The impact to communities has been evident over the last few weeks.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian

“We are looking at cooler temperatures today, particularly where we are seeing fires on the mid- north coast and out in the Hunter,” she said.

“In addition we’ve got onshore winds, which increase humidity and means conditions aren’t as dry in a lot of places.”

The combination of increased humidity and weaker winds meant a lower fire danger rating, although this rating was forecast to increase on Monday, Ms Blandford said.

“In the next couple of days we will see an increase in fire danger ratings.

“A front will move through the state, with a combined increase in temperatures and strong winds associated with that front.”

Fire dangers would be elevated but were unlikely to be as extreme as those seen in the past fortnight, Ms Blandford said.

AAP

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