A combined emergency services operation is continuing after a number of fires in the state’s north.
Officers attached to New England Police District and Richmond Police District are coordinating emergency operations at Tenterfield, Drake, and Ebor, as NSW Rural Fire Services continue to fight fires around the areas.
At this stage, it’s believed four residential properties at Tenterfield have been destroyed, along with a shooting range.
A 66-year-old male Rural Fire Service firefighter sustained serious burns to his head, face, and upper body. He was taken to Royal Brisbane Hospital where he remains in a critical condition.
The New England Highway at Tenterfield, and Waterfall Way at Ebor, were closed during the day’s operation but have since reopened.
The public is reminded to be mindful of the dangerous conditions. Updates on fires can be monitored via the NSW RFS website (https://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/), and weather warnings via the NSW SES website (https://www.ses.nsw.gov.au/).
Anyone with information about these fires is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence.