Queanbeyan homes destroyed, RFS firefighter injured in fierce blaze-NewsCO

February 17, 2017

An emergency fire warning has been issued for residents at Carwoola near Queanbeyan in NSW.

Smoke from a grassfire at Carwoola and Captain’s Flat, east of Queanbeyan near Canberra. Picture: Mick Tsikas/AAP

A FIREFIGHTER has been hospitalised with pelvic injuries and six homes destroyed as bushfires tore through southern NSW.

Hot and windy conditions returned to parts of the state on Friday and the Rural Fire Service urged residents of Captains Flat, east of Queanbeyan near Canberra, to seek shelter from a fast-moving blaze.

An RFS emergency warning advised that properties were under threat and the ABC reports six homes have been lost.

A firefighter aged in his 40s suffered pelvic injuries and burns in Carwoola, a NSW Ambulance spokeswoman confirmed.

“He went to Canberra Hospital in a stable condition,” she told AAP. Residents in Hoskinstown, Rossi, Forbes Creek and Primrose Valley were told on Friday afternoon it was too late to leave.

Fire crews on the ground and aircraft were fighting the flames. The RFS also warned motorists travelling from Canberra to be aware of emergency vehicles on the Kings Highway.

“Slow down & give way,” the RFS tweeted.

Several homes have been lost and a firefighter hospitalised as fierce bushfires tore through NSW.

Several homes have been lost and a firefighter hospitalised as fierce bushfires tore through NSW.Source:Supplied

An emergency warning was also issued later this afternoon for people in the Mandurama region in the state’s central west. A fast-moving grassfire there was burning in a south-easterly direction towards Lyndhurst and Belubula, the RFS said.

Total fire bans are in place for five NSW regions in the central west and southern parts of the state. There are currently 66 fires burning with 40 uncontained.

Authorities are pleased, however, that they’ve made some progress on two devastating fires: the Sir Ivan blaze near Dunedoo and the Kains Flat blaze northeast of Mudgee.

The RFS is still counting the cost of last weekend’s “catastrophic” fires that resulted in at least 44 homes being razed, RFS spokesman Paul Best said.

Assessment teams continue to work in the Warrumbungle region after the Sir Ivan fire blackened 54,000 hectares destroying 34 homes, a church, a community hall and 120 outbuildings.

The Bureau of Meteorology declared a severe fire danger in the NSW Lower Central West Plains area, with high temperatures, low humidity and winds of up to 50km/h.

Other regions with total fire bans in effect are the Central Ranges; Southern Slopes; Southern Ranges and Monaro Alpine.

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