Around 100 people are sheltering on tug boats in the NSW coastal town of Eden, as fire continues to surround the community.
While people sheltering close to the wharf have been told by police it’s not safe, those bunkered down on the boats said they’ve been assured they’re allowed to stay.
Jodie Mundey said she evacuated two days ago from the town’s outskirts with her two children.
She said she felt safe on the boat, which her partner works on, as it’s fire proof and is equipped to fight blazes.
Ms Mundey said people are piled on bunk beds, and crowded into cabins and corridors.
“Last night we had about 60 people and 10 dogs,” she said.
“None of us have had any sleep.
“We’ve been assured by the engineers and skippers that we’re completely fine.”
The mother said they have been been eating Two Minute noodles, but didn’t have much information about the status of the fires, or whether their home has survived.
Eden resident Peter Garghty was also on board.
“They’ve got good living quarters and showers and all that on it so they just said ‘you can use it’,” he said.
The Border Fire, as it has been called, which is affecting the town, has just been downgraded from Emergency to Watch and Act.