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NSW town of Drake nears one year since bushfires amid fears of another dangerous season – ABC News

One year on from devastating bushfires that ripped through Drake in northern NSW, the town is changed forever. For some residents it’s been too painful and they’ve chosen to leave, while others are moving there for the first time.

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It’s a place he once considered “paradise” but Rod Simpson has left his beloved home for good the memories are just too painful.
On September 8 last year, with hundreds of embers exploding “like artillery shells”, he lost his house and almost all of his possessions to a bushfire that ripped through Drake in northern NSW.
“I left the area because the place was my paradise, my retreat and it was completely destroyed and empty of wildlife. I saw lots of burnt…

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