NSW Greyhound trainer loses dogs due to bushfires

A GREYHOUND trainer in the central west of has lost his entire property in a savage bushfire which ravaged a large area east of Dunedoo over the weekend.

Warren Jarvis, from Turill, just under 90km from Dunedoo, fled his property on Sunday when it was engulfed by flames.

“I’ve been watching the smoke since yesterday, before it came up around the hill,” he said.

“I was up around the back paddock to see how close it was and I took off because I could see some flames.

“I came straight onto the main road here and saw all the flames just come over the hill and go mad.

“My house and all my property is totally gone. Thirty-three greyhounds, other cats, all my chooks, probably my sheep and cattle.”

Jarvis trained 24 winners throughout 2016, with most of the success throughout his training career being at , , Mudgee, Lithgow and .

Some of his greyhounds had proven more than handy, including Yap Trap and Country Dancer which had won 10 and 13 races respectively.

It is believed a number of properties have been destroyed by the blaze east of Dunedoo towards Black Stump Way, Leadville and Coolah.

The fire was moving quickly on Sunday afternoon, reaching speeds of up to 12km/hour.

“The information we have is that a number of homes have been impacted by fire in that area,” Rural Fire Service deputy commissioner Rob Rogers told the ABC.

“We have to get in there and have a look at that later on.”

By Sunday night, the fire had grown so large that it was creating its own weather system, with residents northwest of Black Stump Way and Leadville urged to leave towards Dunedoo or Mendooran if they had a clear route.

Meanwhile, residents of Uarbry, Turill and Cassilis were told to seek shelter, with the Royal Fire Service declaring it too late to leave.

The immediate threat to property from bushfires was downgraded on Monday morning as a result of cooler and calmer conditions over Sunday night, however the RFS are still warning people the danger is far from over.

A resident of Uarbry, east of Dunedoo, told the ABC that the small country town had been all but wiped out in the bush fire, which the RFS have called the Sir Ivan Fire, that had burned more than 41,000 hectares by Monday morning.

The Sir Ivan Fire was one of more than 100 being battled by firefighters across NSW on Sunday. The fire had been downgraded to Watch and Act level, one level below emergency, just before 6am on Monday.

However, an RFS spokesperson said residents still needed to monitor the conditions, with the fire remaining un-contained.

“The fire is currently burning to the east of Dunedoo moving in a northerly direction towards Black Stump Way, Leadville and Coolah.

“Although conditions are easing, people in the area should remain vigilant and prepared to implement their bushfire survival plan.

“People in the areas of Leadville, Turill, Cassilis and Coolah should remain vigilant and prepared to implement their bush fire survival plan.

“Follow the directions of firefighters in the area. Telecommunications may be disrupted in the area due to power outages.”

Australian Racing Greyhound has reached out to the family of Mr. Jarvis for further information on his condition and will bring you news as soon as possible.

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Amy Bell
Amy Bell
4 years ago

For those with physical items they have to donate they can be dropped off at my aunty’s house. The drop off address is 52 Osborne Avenue, Umina NSW 2257 Or if you are closer to mudgee, cassilis or turill i can arrange pick up.

Amy Bell
Amy Bell
4 years ago

He left his phone home when he fled. He does have a new one now

Heather Cupples
Heather Cupples
4 years ago

Very sad how tragic

Richard Carey
Richard Carey
4 years ago

I heard him say 33 then read 3 yesterday. Nobody seemed to get that right till Monday. This new article says much more about Warren himself too. Awful story.

Lenore Beaton
Lenore Beaton
4 years ago

Such heartbreak, most of the trainers love and treat their dogs as one of their family. Wishes for the future for all people caught in this terrible situation.

Cheryl Pirani
Cheryl Pirani
4 years ago

So sorry for them.

Joy Eaton
Joy Eaton
4 years ago

AS A RETIRED AND LEADING TRAINER AT MACKAY QLD. I KNOW HOW HARD IT IS TO HAVE ONE OF THEM PASS AWAY. THAT IS WHY I GOT OUT OF THE GAME. BUT TO LOSS THEM THIS WAY. I CAN NOT EVEN START TO KNOW HOW HE COULD HANDLE IT. I’M SO SORRY FOR THE DOG’S AND THEIR TRAINER. MAY THE FURTURE BE BRIGHTER!

bluelass
bluelass
4 years ago

Ok, thanks for the clarification. As I said, I was just wondering.

BobWhitelaw
BobWhitelaw
4 years ago

Animallover737 Deborah555 forthegreys CarolDeGeir How true, people make a lot of poor decisions when under the threat of death from all sources in life in this World that we try to survive in. Just recently 3 people died in a empty water tank because they all made poor decisions and 2 of them made decisions that cost them their lives while under pressure   so  where was their plan for survival.  Animallover737and @CarolDeGeir forthegeys please post your”s Survival plans to cover threats when under pressure in all walks of LIFE for humans and animals a like. I feel for this family and i… Read more »

BobWhitelaw
BobWhitelaw
4 years ago

Deborah555 CarolDeGeir Spot on Deborah 555, How many are pets  lost in house fires when humans have survived ,imagine the carnage with massive development in high rise in Sydney where people keep caged birds of all breeds, and believe it not,  chooks and dogs cats,in their units  whats the evacuation plan here  when your 20 stories up?    

Deborah555
Deborah555
4 years ago

BobWhitelaw Deborah555 CarolDeGeir  Bob I was impressed when GRNSW stated that they supported the emergency services, the Police and the fire fighters where the policy is people before property and animals and that any criticism of this man was unwarranted which it was. In the recent fires in Western Australia a man who loved his horse went back to try and save the horse- the end result was that both he and the horse were both burnt to death.  In these situations many animals die and just like you and I and every decent person on the planet finds it deeply distressing… Read more »

BobWhitelaw
BobWhitelaw
4 years ago

Yes Deb ,some people like to pretend they care and the cruelest Animal on earth is Man himself ,look what we do to each other !

Jason Fleming
Jason Fleming
4 years ago

Any dog loss is sad but to this way i dont no how to feel

BobWhitelaw
BobWhitelaw
4 years ago

Animallover737 Deborah555 forthegreys CarolDeGeir To Signal out one individual on here tells everybody that some on here  have  agenda to attack the vulnerable.Please tell us what should have those owners have  done who lost over 300 sheep and lambs and those who lost over 40 cattle in those bush fires in the area that Mr Javis lost his animals.Maybe your energy should be focused in a voluntary capacity stopping or exposing those who light fires that Kill Humans and Animals, then again one must have the ability to do so ?