Crews work to contain NSW bushfires


Fire crews will spend the weekend trying to contain bushfires raging in northern NSW.

Fire crews battling raging bushfires in northern NSW are working through the weekend to get the blazes contained before forecast hot weather.

The NSW Rural Fire Service says so far 22 homes have been destroyed, 15 houses have been damaged, 73 outbuildings destroyed and 21 outbuildings damaged.

There were 25 bush and grass fires still burning across NSW on Saturday morning, with eight yet to be contained.

The major fire grounds are at Wallangarra, nearby Tabulam and Tingha Plateau all in the northern part of NSW.

The latter two blazes are at Watch and Act advice level.

The Bruxner Highway fire at Tabulam is considered out of control, having burnt through more than 4200 hectares of land.

Dangerous trees along the highway are being assessed with the assistance of Roads and Maritime Services.

Burnt out cars at Tingha in northern New South Wales after bushfires.
Burnt out cars at Tingha in northern New South Wales after bushfires.

"Crews will today undertake back burning to strengthen containment lines," NSW RFS tweeted on Saturday.

"They will be supported by water bombing aircraft."

The Tingha Plateau fire has burnt more than 22,000 hectares of bush, however strong winds predicted to impact the area on Friday night did not eventuate.

Firefighting crews from Queensland have also been brought in to assist.

Residents are being asked to monitor the situation in their area, follow the advice of firefighters and "know what you will do" if the fire approaches.

Evacuation centres have been set up. Those who fear their life is at risk are urged to call triple zero immediately.

Temperatures on Saturday 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.

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