A fire has significantly impacted the townships of Rappville, Busby Creek, Coombell and Myrtle Creek, near Casino yesterday and a warning has been issued.
Road closures are in place in the area.
Residents are being asked not to return to fire-affected areas as it is currently unsafe to do so.
Northern Rivers Emergency Operation Centre has established an evacuation centre at St Mary’s Catholic College on Canterbury Street in Casino, in response to the Busby Flats Road Fire.
Residents are able to bring small domestic animals to the centre. Larger animals can be taken to the Casino Showgrounds, Summerland Way. Camp sites are available at this location.
The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter responded at to a call early in the evening with the Helicopter Critical Care Medical Team to a reported 62-year-old male who suffered superficial burns to one arm and both legs trying to protect his property from fire at Busby’s Flat.
The patient and property were very isolated and the helicopter was able to land nearby.
NSW Rural Fire Service transported the patient to the waiting helicopter. The Helicopter Critical Care Medical Team have stabilised the patient and he was flown to Lismore Hospital in a stable condition.
Health warnings are also in place due to significant smoke in and around areas affected by fire. If it is safe to do so, remain indoors or seek medical assistance if required.
Fore more information about the status of the fires, please visit the Rural Fire Service website: (www.rfs.nsw.gov.au) or Fires Near Me (www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/fire-
Please visit www.livetraffic.com for traffic info and use extreme caution due to fallen power lines and trees.
Residents who live in the impacted area should visit register.redcross.org.au and select ‘Busby Flat Rd Fire’ to register their current location.