Bushfire-threatened residents surrounded by a national park on the NSW south coast say authorities are ignoring their pleas for help to prevent possible fatalities.
Potato Point residents are calling for the NSW government and the National Parks and Wildlife Service to restore a firebreak between Eurobodalla National Park and the community.
They say the proposed 200-metre firebreak will save lives.
''We just want preventative action,'' said Rob Pollack, a former Eurobodalla Shire councillor who has lived there since 1983.
''We're not trying to bugger the national park.'' There was a firebreak between properties and bushland before the declaration of Eurobodalla National Park in 1995.
Since then, that grassland has been taken over by thick forest, and only a narrow buffer is in place, Mr Pollack said.
NPWS spokeswoman Lucy Morrell said they were working with Potato Point's bushfire management committee.
Meanwhile, arson, back-burning, and downed power lines were blamed for bushfires that tore through Sydney's west earlier this week. Rural Fire Service and police chiefs on Friday released investigations into the blazes that destroyed property in Sydney's west and the Blue Mountains on Tuesday.