The community rallies as Walcha Council sets up a support station

Walcha Council has established a donation and support post for residents impacted by the current bushfire.

More than a dozen homes have been destroyed in the Stockyard Flat blaze which has burnt 62,000 hectares in less than three days and caused a 50-year-old man to suffer serious burns while trying to protect his property.

Both the Council's new general manager Anne Modderno and the local mayor Eric Noakes have visited Blomfield Road at Yarrowitch where most of the infrastructure damage occurred.

our hearts go out to anyone impacted by the bushfire

Eric Noakes

"While the extent of the damage is still not clear, our hearts go out to anyone impacted by the bushfire situation," said Mr Noakes.

"We're grateful to the Rural Fire Service crews and emergency services who have responded to this horrific fire. Our community has an excellent reputation for banding together and supporting each other in times of need, and we will support each other through this trying time."

A donation post has been established the Multi-Purpose Centre at Walcha Central School to collect non-perishable food and household items.

Ms Modderno said all donations would be used to support community members who have lost their homes or been displaced due to the fires.

Volunteers will be accepting donations between 10 am, and 5 pm on Sunday, November 10 and from 8:30 am on Monday, November 11.

Residents impacted by the fires will be able to visit the post to collect items they need.

Information regarding temporary accommodation, meals and support services can also be sourced there.

There have been multiple homes lost, and a large number of people evacuated

Anne Modderno

"A large amount of clothing has already been donated, which shows how strong our community is," said Ms Modderno.

"There have been multiple homes lost, and a large number of people evacuated making the conditions over the last two days heart-wrenching.

"We are extremely appreciative and thankful for the efforts of the NSW Rural Fire Service team in keeping our community safe.

"Our local government area is one of many, including our direct neighbours at Mid-Coast Council and Port Macquarie Hastings Council, that are enduring the relentless impact of some of the worst fires we have ever experienced.

"For many, it will be a long road to recovery, and as a community, we will weather this crisis together."

The NSW RFS has established a base camp in Yarrowitch for over 70 fire fighting staff, with resources sourced from all over Australia.

The donation centre can be found at the Multi-Purpose Centre at Walcha Central School, 154E North Street Walcha.

Anyone that cannot visit the post and would like to donate or assist is encouraged to contact Walcha Council on 6774 2500 between 8:30 am and 5 pm weekdays or anytime on Facebook.

The Rural Fire Service says conditions on the Stockyard Flats fireground have eased and the fire is burning in an easterly direction in the Oxley Wild River National Park. It has joined the Mines Road fire to the east, and the Carrai Creek fire to the north.

The Stockyard Flat fire emergency declaration was downgraded to watch and act on Saturday afternoon but if you are in the area north of the Oxley Highway, Forbes River, Bells Flat and Kangaroo Flat you should monitor conditions.

The Oxley Highway remains closed between Walcha and Bago and the NSW Transport Management Centre is still advising motorists to delay all non-essential travel in bushfire-affected areas, with many roads still closed.

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