ALL four of Wingham’s fire trucks were dispatched on Thursday to help fight the Taree bush fires.
Crews from both Fire Rescue NSW and Wallaby Joe RFS were called to defend the service centre at Taree South and up to 20 homes under threat.
It was a long day with Wallaby Jo crews still on the scene at 10pm that night. Wallaby Joe captain Bob Pope said the strong winds and intense heat made the job of fire fighters much more difficult.
With up to seven trucks on the highway and more inside the service centre, fire fighters successfully managed to stop the fire reaching the service station and the homes closest to the highway on Old Bar Road.
Gloucester fire fighting crews were stationed in Wingham to protect the town while the local crews fought the raging fires. For many hours fires were burning out of control and extra fire fighters and appliances were brought in from Hastings and the Maitland areas.
The Pacific Highway was closed in both directions and traffic was diverted through Wingham, Tinonee and Krambach before being re-opened.
The fires are currently controlled with some fire crews still on the ground. Wingham fire fighters remain on call and will be paged if conditions change.
RFS crews are currently also controlling a fire at Del Ray station at Mount George.