Homes lost in NSW fires


Ten homes have been lost as bushfires rage across New South Wales, but cooler temperatures and rain are helping the firefighting effort.

Firefighters are battling more than 17 uncontained fires across NSW with 10 homes destroyed in the past 24 hours.

But cooler temperatures and heavy rain have helped, especially at a fire at Londonderry, in Sydney's northwest, which has now been contained.

75 blazes are still burning with areas of southern NSW troubling firefighters the most. The worst fires are at Gerogery, near Albury, and Tooma, southwest of Tumbarumba, according to the NSW Rural Fire Service.

Four properties were lost in the Gerogery blaze north of Albury, three southwest of Tumbarumba near the Victorian border and three losses near Michelago south of Canberra.

Significant amounts of livestock and farm buildings have also been destroyed.

Victoria fires

Meanwhile, fire crews have been building containment lines around a bushfire that's burned within two kilometres of the tiny East Gippsland timber town of Cann River.

Overnight rain drastically reduced the spread of the blaze, which started at a logging area east of the town on Wednesday.

Almost 10 thousand hectares of state forest has been burned so far, but no properties have been lost.

Source: AAP