NSW Fires Upgraded To Watch And Act As Waterbombing Aircraft Called In
Fires on the NSW mid-north coast have been upgraded again after threatening towns on Saturday.
Bushfire threats were earlier thought have eased in NSW after at least one home was lost as communities on the mid-north coast were put on tenterhooks in Saturday's hot winds.
Earlier on Sunday, a fire at Darawank was downgraded to 'advice' level, but by midday, had been placed back at 'watch and act' level.
As of 12pm Sunday, 85 fires were burning across the state. Around half were not yet contained. Overnight, firefighters had feared more were likely due to a combination of dry fuel on the ground and dry lightning storms overnight, but "favourable" conditions have kept further outbreaks to a minimum.
Some 1200 firefighters are battling blazes from along the Victoria-NSW border to the NSW north coast.
One blaze west of Tuncurry jumped a river on Saturday and began spotting across the township that is home to 6000 people.
Less than 10 kilometres further north, another blaze led to emergency warnings for Hallidays Point and Darawank.
Just after 4.15am the blaze had been downgraded to watch and act and just after 8am was at advice level. However, at 11.30am on Sunday, the Rural Fire Service again warned of the blaze.
"The fire has crossed The Lakes Way near Timber Topps Drive and Laurina Drive," the RFS tweeted.
"Fire fighters are on scene to protect homes and they are being supported by waterbombing aircraft."
The Tuncurry blaze was also downgraded to advice by 2.40am though NSW RFS urged residents in the area of Tuncurry and Minimbah to continue to monitor conditions.
"Conditions have eased across the fireground as crews continue work to strengthen containment lines and suppress the fire," NSW RFS tweeted.
Embers from the Tuncurry blaze travelled kilometres ahead of the firefront on Saturday, creating spot fires in suburban backyards and the headland at Forster main beach.
Andrew O'Sullivan, whose two-hectare property on the edge of the Tuncurry township is covered in now-charred rainforest, said cabbage tree palms had been exploding and the heat of the fire "literally melted the pots off the plants" in a nearby nursery.
"It looks like Armageddon," he told AAP on Saturday.
Total fire bans are in place for Sunday for the Greater Hunter, New England and the Northern Slopes.
That includes Newcastle, Cessnock, Tamworth and Armidale.
The Central Ranges, the Illawarra/Shoalhaven area and the North Western fire districts will also be at a very high fire risk.
The RFS said it received reports of damaged or destroyed properties on the 90-odd fireground across the state on Saturday.
More than 1600 firefighters, including those in 75 aircraft, battled blazes on Saturday.
Those in regional NSW are advised to download the Fires Near Me app to stay up to date with fire warnings in their area.