Mild weather helps crews battle NSW blazes

Crews are working through the weekend to contain bushfires in northern NSW ahead of forecast heat.
Crews are working through the weekend to contain bushfires in northern NSW ahead of forecast heat.

Fire crews have taken advantage of favourable conditions overnight to gain the upper hand on three blazes burning in northern NSW.

The mostly mild weather conditions over the weekend have provided much needed relief for the NSW Rural Fire Service, after 22 homes were destroyed and 15 houses damaged when fires raged through the towns late last week.

A further 74 outbuildings have been razed and 24 outbuildings damaged.

The warning for the Bruxner Highway fire at Tabulam has been downgraded to Advice warning level after crews conducted backburns and strengthened containment lines overnight.

The fire, which has burnt more than 5800 hectares of land, is still considered to be out of control.

Nearby, just over the NSW and Queensland border in Wallangarra, north of Tenterfield, a bushfire has burnt through more than 32,700 hectares of land and is being controlled by firefighters.

The blaze continued to spread slowly overnight but favourable conditions allowed firefighters to conduct backburns and protect properties, the RFS said in a statement on Sunday.

A blaze at Tingha, near Inverell, which has been burning since last Tuesday remains at Advice warning level as crews work to control the blaze.

It has burnt more than 21,300 hectares of land with firefighters extinguishing hotspots along the edge of the fire overnight.

The Tabulam and Tingha fires continue to worry firefighters ahead of expected temperature increases on Monday and Tuesday.

Temperatures on Sunday are expected to range from the mid-20s in coastal areas to mid-30s inland, but any reprieve could be short-lived with hotter weather expected to sweep up through the interior of the continent on Monday and Tuesday.

Australian Associated Press