Fodder run for bushfire ravaged areas

Cootamundra producers have answered the call with hundreds of bales of hay heading to Central West regions devastated by bushfires over the weekend. 

Paul Manwaring and Andrew Glover are currently coordinating a fodder run to leave Cootamundra on Saturday morning bound for the small town of Coolah. 

They already have 10 trucks committed, five of which will be filled with hay/straw donated to date. 

The men are seeking further donations of hay/straw to fill the remaining trucks with any extra trucks also welcome to join the run. 

Mr Glover said there is no minimum or maximum amount of fodder farmers can donate, they will take anything with great appreciation. 

They are also accepting both round and square bales of hay. 

Around 50,000 hectares were burnt as the worst fears associated with catastrophic fire danger conditions came true. 

The immediate threat to property from bushfires was downgraded early this morning following cooler and calmer conditions overnight, however firefighters are warning the danger period is not yet over.

Dozens of properties are believed to have been damaged or destroyed.