Residents of Willawarrin, north-west of Kempsey, were left devastated on Friday afternoon when an out of control bushfire ripped through the village.
Willawarrin and the surrounding areas is just one part of the state that has been impacted by the deadly fires. The impact of the fires across NSW is now hitting home hard.
The fire danger at 12pm on Friday November 8 was at Severe before being upgraded to Extreme in the afternoon, with strong winds blowing the fire towards the small village.
The weather created the perfect condition for The Toorumbee Complex fires, formerly Jacobs Spur and Armidale Road fires, to cause extensive damage to surrounding areas near Bellbrook and Willawarrin.
NSW RFS Lower North Coast Superintendent Lachlann Ison told The Argus on Saturday the conditions on Friday were extreme.
"The fire was very unpredictable on Friday afternoon and the winds were blowing embers in front of the fire and creating spot fires," he said.
The weather conditions eased over the weekend which helped firefighters.
NSW RFS public liaison officer David Nicholson said the building impact assessment team are still investigating the number of buildings impacted by the blaze on Friday.
"The fire that went through on Friday affected around 20 or 30 buildings in the area surrounding Willawarrin, not all of them are homes. But one or two buildings in the town of Willawarrin were destroyed," he said.
Residents who have been evacuated from Willawarrin and surrounding areas are staying at the evacuation centre at the Kempsey Showground.
"We are working on preparing briefings for residents who have been evacuated because of the fire," Mr Nicholson said.
"At this stage we don't want people travelling out there on Tuesday because of the dangerous fire conditions. But after tomorrow the conditions should ease and that's when we can asses when residents will be able to return to their homes and the town.
"Our building impact assessment teams went back out this afternoon while the conditions were good and we should have more of an understanding of the impact of these fires in the coming days when all of the information becomes available."
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