Email ABC Riverina By Rosie King Updated January 30, 2020 10:28:43 Photo: A third of the Riverina’s pine plantations have been damaged by fire. (ABC Riverina: Rosie King) Related Story: Burnt-out forests are facing a new threat that could increase fire risk until 2060 Related Story: Mega-blaze forms on NSW-Victoria border before fire crews take chance to backburn Map: Wondalga 2729 Harvesters and timber mills are racing against time to fell bushfire-ravaged pine trees in the Riverina before they become worthless. Key points:Almost 50,000 hectares of pine plantations in the Riverina, owned by Forestry Corporation, were burnt in the Dunns Road bushfireHarvesters and mills are racing against the clock to process the pine trees before they become worthlessThere could be a shortage of timber, woodchips, and paper as a result “It was just tremendous,” Elle Kromar said of the enormity of the Dunns Road bushfire, which has now ravaged more than 330,000 hectares of the New South Wales Riverina region since the blaze first started just before New Year’s Eve.”The heat — you don’t know what it’s like until you’re right there.” Photo: Forestry Corporation harvesting supervisor, Elle Kromer, says it’s hard to imagine the heat of a bushfire until… Read full this story
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