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WOMAN CHARGED OVER DEVASTATING BUSHFIRE

A 40-year-old woman has been charged with starting a bushfire at Tabulam, west of Casino, which has destroyed several homes in the state’s far north. Police allege the woman set fire to rubbish located in a large steel container in her backyard, then left it unattended on Tuesday morning. The flames then proceeded to spread to bushland behind her home. When she discovered the fire had spread, she rang Triple Zero and unsuccessfully tried to extinguish the blaze with a hose. She’s been charged with intentionally cause fire and be reckless to its spread and set fire during total fire ban, she’ll face Casino Local Court on February 27. The Tabulam bushfire remains at an emergency level on Wednesday night, with at least three homes destroyed and properties still under threat. TABULAM FIRE BUSHFIRE EMERGENCY | An emergency is unfolding in the …

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GAV’S WEATHER: A SHORT BREAK FROM THE HEAT HAS MOVED IN

The nation is almost completely cloud free which will allow things to heat back up quickly yet again. The strong front is now over the Tasman and cooler air has swept in across the south east. Tomorrow a large high will swiftly take control of the south east. This will generate on shore south east winds for most of the east coast, mostly causing cloud cover with very little rain expected. Cooler conditions have swept across the coast and northern New South Wales ranges. Inland across the north west more hot weather is on the way. Despite the slightly cooler south east winds.

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EMERGENCY BLAZES IN NORTHERN NSW: TINGHA & TABULAM

UPDATE 2:30PM WEDNESDAY: Both the Tingha and Tabulam blazes remain at EMERGENCY level. Linton upgraded to WATCH AND ACT. Here’s the latest update from the Rural Fire Service: TINGHA The fire is spreading quickly under strong and gusty winds. The fire is spreading in multiple directions and there is an immediate threat to lives and properties. The fire has crossed Howell Road is a moving in a southerly direction. The fire has also crossed Old Mill Road and is moving in an easterly direction towards Guyra Road. Emergency Alert telephone warning messages are being sent to telephones in the area. Be aware that telephone coverage may be affected by the fire activity. Tingha Township – If you are in the area of Tingha township, including in the areas of Hospital Flat Road, Copes Creek Road and to the north-east of Tingha, …

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EMERGENCY LEVEL BLAZE NEAR TINGHA

As New South Wales sweltered today, extreme heat and winds whipped up a firestorm in the state’s north. There are emergency warnings in place for fires burning near Tinga, south of Inverell, and at Tabulam… with residents told it’s too late to leave. There’s also a number of Watch & Act fires burning, including one at Freeman’s Waterhole at Lake Macquarie. WATCH & ACT: Pacific Mtwy, Freemans Waterhole- Fire burning on the E side of the M1 Pacific Mwy at Freemans Waterhole, nr Palmers Rd. People around Wakefield Rd, McCanna Rd, Miller Rd stay alert to smoke & embers. Traffic delays in area. https://t.co/Xrcg0ayOz3 #NSWRFS pic.twitter.com/oFPix830Dl — NSW RFS (@NSWRFS) February 12, 2019

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WEDGED WIDE LOAD NOW CLEARED

The M1 off-ramp at Cameron Park has since been cleared. Salvage crews worked through the night to remove a wedged wide load. Salvage crews have successfully removed part of an old silo that became wedged on the @M1trafficNSW off ramp to #Newcastle. The load had been stuck for nearly 20hrs @nbnnews pic.twitter.com/YR80Uelv4t — Grant McIntyre (@macca668) February 11, 2019 See our exclusive pictures of the overnight operation below:

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BUY YOUR FIANCE A WEDDING FOR VALENTINES DAY – ALL IN THE NAME OF CHARITY

Organising a wedding can be a stressful and labourious job, but in Newcastle there’s a unique opportunity to have all the work done for you. A wedding, with all the bells and whistles donated, is set to be auctioned off raising money for Camp Quality. If you want to find out more, head to the two Montys Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/the2montyscharityweddingevent/  

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