Thank you to Fire Crews
Cessnock City Mayor, Councillor Bob Pynsent commended the efforts of Fire and Rescue NSW, NSW Rural Fire Service and all emergency services who bravely worked to protect life and property yesterday.
“The crews were faced with extreme weather conditions as high temperatures and strong winds combined to create an unpredictable and difficult environment to work in”.
“Local, regional and metropolitan crews came together, working tirelessly on the ground, with further aerial support helping to battle the blazes”.
“I will be very angry and disappointed if investigations find that these fires were deliberately lit”.
“If that is found to be the case, the actions of one or a few have put entire communities, lives and property in significant danger”.
“Unfortunately, this is the third fire event in the Cessnock local government area this summer, so I would again remind the community to be prepared and to have a fire plan,” Cr Pynsent said.
Current advice for residents in the vicinity of Sawyers Gully, Bishops Bridge, Loxford, Heddon Greta, Cliftleigh and Gillieston Heights is to monitor conditions in your area and follow the directions of firefighters.
The NSW Rural Fire Service is providing regular updates www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/fire-information/fires-near-me
19 January 2017