Northern Tablelands Rural Fire Service is still ascertaining how many homes have been lost in the Friday afternoon blaze which skimmed the southern edge of the Tenterfield township. It started near the cemetery and ripped through Curry's Gap Conservation Area before crossing the highway and heading over Dairy Mountain and along the range.
Superintendent Chris Wallbridge said police are helping the RFS to determine exactly what the extent of the property damage is, although two homes and two sheds are confirmed to have been lost, and the archery and gun clubs along Billirimba Road are razed.
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The fire front remains active and out of control south-east of town with 25-30 RFS crews deployed, along with two Queensland crews and nine Fire and Rescue Crews. Police, ambulance and council personnel are also involved.
"It's all happening," Mr Wallbridge said.
The fire has so far consumed 1000 hectares with the primary fire front now to the south east, but Mr Wallbridge said crews are working to ensure the safety of the town as spot fire persist.
The Tenterfield town fire is just one of 25 incidents the Northern Tablelands RFS is combating today, with the Long Gully Road fire in Drake also threatening properties.
The New England Highway remains closed south of town but the Peter Allen Festival official opening is continuing in Bruxner Park.
MP Janelle Saffin is the park for the opening after travelling up from Lismore earlier today, only to be confronted by a town in distress.
"A big thanks to all the Emergency Services who are bringing the fire under control, keeping people safe," she said.
"Sadly there are reports of some homes lost. The Tenterfield Shire Council Mayor, GM and staff were fantastic.
"I have to thank Minister Elliot and Minister Pavey and their staff who have also been fantastic. In the spirit of this wonderful country town , the Peter Allen Festival is proceeding."