On Thursday 17 October, numerous fires broke out around New South Wales, including the Linksview Road fire in Springwood. This fire destroyed 196 homes in one day as it burned on three fronts: Linksview Road, Mount York, and State Mine. This was the largest fire impacting the most properties, in New South Wales, in more than 10 years. This then led to the New South Wales government to declare a state of emergency.
Samaritan’s Purse responded, delivering 200 bushfire recovery kits to help affected families sift through the rubble and deploying 84 volunteers who completed 37 work orders on badly damaged or destroyed homes.