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21 March 2018, 08:00 | Simon Arnold
Australian bushfires: 70 homes lost in NSW coastal town
He said the blaze was in remote and rugged bushland with restricted access for the Fire and Rescue NSW pumper and hazardous materials vehicle.
The latest size of the fire released by the Rural Fire service at 23:10 March 18 local time was 1,000 hectares (2,470 acres) but it could have doubled in size since then.
Around 30 caravans or cabins destroyed on top of the 69 homes destroyed in Tathra.
"It was a day out of hell", said one resident.
The NSW Premier, Gladys Berejiklian, said she was "confident that every effort was made to tell people at the right time", after hearing criticism of the emergency warning system at the Rural Fire Service briefing centre.
'FR assistance offered and declined, ' Fire and Rescue NSW's log for 12.58 reads, according to the Daily Telegraph.
"I will stand the record of the Rural Fire Service and its protection to the communities through a lot of hard fire seasons".
"Hopefully by this afternoon we'll have containment of the fire", RFS Superintendent Mark Russell told the Bega gathering when delivering his update.
"There should be a lot more (hazard reduction burns) happening which we've been fighting for and we can't get it because of the new laws - it's ridiculous", Matt Sherlock told the Nine Network on Tuesday.
Residents Steve Jory, Terry Dixon and Geoff Munns - who all lost their homes - said emergency services were very actively fighting the fire with waterbombers.
"The RFS commissioner (Shane Fitzsimmons) has already referred this fire to the coroner, the most independent body that will do a full and thorough examination of all the circumstances and operation", Mr Grant told 2GB Radio.
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