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Nervous wait for fire-hit Tathra residents

The New South Wales state Rural Fire Service said 69 houses and 30 caravans and cabins were destroyed.

"As the fire came close, you could actually hear the sound of the fire and see the enormity of it coming over the hill", Porter told AFP.

THE man who coordinated Lismore's post flood recovery a year ago has been appointed to manage the support of the Tathra communities hit by devastating bushfires this week.

It was after this that the RFS finally sent out the first emergency alert messages to residents.

The incident logs shows 48 Triple 0 calls received for the Reedy Swamp fire, according the Daily Telegraph.

Rob Rogers, a deputy commissioner for the fire service, said conditions were "like a flawless storm" and combined strong winds, high temperatures, low humidity and dry bushland.

RFS Deputy Commissioner Rob Rogers said the offer of an urban pumper wouldn't have been appropriate because of the hard terrain.

A RFS spokesman told Daily Mail Australia early Tuesday morning that it was unable to comment further on the claims until later in the day.

Dozens of homes believed destroyed in New South Wales bushfire

Residents got their first look on March 20 at the devastation wrought by a bushfire that ravaged a town in Australia, but fears over asbestos and unstable structures mean even those with houses still standing can not move back.

Still, for some of those affected the damage seemed brutal.

As of Monday night, there were 14 bush and grass fires in NSW, with eight uncontained.

Questions are being asked today of the Rural Fire Service officers who refused help from Fire and Rescue NSW on Sunday as the Tathra bushfire raged out of control. It will be some time before the fire is contained, ' the RFS posted on its Facebook page.

Local MP Mike Kelly, Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton and Minister for Law Enforcement Angus Taylor moved on Monday to declare residents would be eligible for the national disaster relief scheme, after the scale of the damage became apparent.

"The worst of the weather is behind us, but clearly the devastation, damage and destruction is what everyone's seeking to grapple with now", he said.

Some of Tathra's evacuated residents would be able to return to their homes on Monday, as emergency workers restore power to the devastated area, Fitzsimmons said.

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