Over the past few days, NSW Rural Fire Service Building Impact Assessment teams have been surveying communities affected by the fires in northern NSW and on Tuesday confirmed a total of 26 homes have been lost.
This figure includes seven homes destroyed by the Bees Nest fire north west of Dorrigo, where approximately 90 per cent of the assessment has been completed.
RFS Public Liaison Officer Reynir Potter said he did not have any further details regarding the location of the properties.
"It is devastating that we have lost seven homes due to this major bushfire, however it should be noted that with the efforts of firefighters, being supported by heavy plant and aircraft, we have managed to save 156 homes which is a significant achievement in such challenging circumstances," he said.
A total of 16 homes have been destroyed at the Long Gully Road fire near Drake; however, this number may change as the fire continues to burn and crews have been unable to complete their assessment. At this fire, more than 170 other homes in the direct area of the fire have been saved.
Two homes were destroyed at the Shark Creek bushfire near Yamba and one at the Mount McKenzie Road bushfire near Tenterfield.
Across NSW, the latest confirmed losses from the fires are:
- 26 homes destroyed, 13 damaged, 612 in the direct area saved
- 6 facilities destroyed, 2 damaged, 51 saved
- 77 outbuildings destroyed, 50 damaged, 545 saved.
Storm cells are currently moving across northern NSW, bringing significant lightning but little rain.
The RFS is receiving reports of many new ignitions, particularly east of Tenterfield, Glen Innes and Armidale.
If you see an unattended fire, report it to Triple Zero (000) immediately