Bushfire claims 28 homes in Australia’s New South Wales

Sydney, Jan. 14 (Xinhua) A bushfire has destroyed 28 homes in northern New South Wales (NSW) in southeast Australia, authorities said on Monday.

The fire is uncontrolled in the Warrumbungle National Park, scorching nearly 40,000 hectares of bushland with a 100 km-wide front, according to the Rural Fire Service (RFS).

The RFS said the number of homes destroyed in the fire was likely to go up, as the NSW Police were assessing the damage.

“Additional firefighters and heavy machinery are being deployed to the fire today ahead of deteriorating weather conditions later in the week,” the RFS said in its major fire updates on Monday.

Around 40 farm sheds have also been destroyed, as well as farm machinery and stock.