Bushfire Crisis: The Latest Info And Updates From NSW, VIC, SA

Dangerous bushfire conditions are inching back into the picture across NSW, with forecast high temperatures and dry winds set to again make firefighters' lives miserable in the coming days.

Difficult bushfire conditions are set to return over the coming days, with a forecast heatwave and dry winds to re-elevate fire risk. Here's the latest info around the country as of Friday morning.

Tough NSW conditions loom large for fireys

NSW firefighters are "giving their all" to contain large and complex bushfires before conditions worsen amid forecast high temperatures and dry winds.

After a devastating end to last week - with two firefighters killed and as many as 100 NSW houses destroyed - firefighters have taken advantage of milder conditions to strengthen containment lines.

Almost 1300 were in the field on Friday as 70 bush and grass blazes continued to burn, with more than 30 yet to be contained.

NSW Rural Fire Service crews at the Gospers Mountain Fire at Bilpin last week. Image: AAP

Blue Mountains City Council mayor Mark Greenhill said this year's extended bushfire season meant locals were living with stress for a long time.

The area continues to be impacted by the Ruined Castle fire and Grose Valley fire, which has spread from the Gospers Mountain mega-blaze to the north.

The Green Wattle Creek fire to the south may also pose a threat in the future, Mr Greenhill said, adding the community was "far from out of the woods".

"(I'm) super impressed with the strategic work of the incident management team in the Blue Mountains ... but obviously we've got weeks and weeks ahead of difficulty. This is a marathon, not a sprint," he told AAP on Friday.



Heatwave Spells More Danger For NSW Fires

The NSW Rural Fire Service is advising residents to prepare their properties ahead of worsening conditions, with soaring temperatures and dry winds set to elevate bushfire danger in parts of the state.

The Bureau of Meteorology, meanwhile, expects the fire danger to get worse into the new week amid increasing heat and winds.

Temperatures on Tuesday are forecast to reach maximums of 43C in Penrith, 35C in Katoomba, 40C in Picton, 36C in Griffith and 40C in Mudgee.

Beachgoers are seen in the water on Christmas Day at Bondi Beach in Sydney, Wednesday, December 25, 2019. (AAP Image/Steven Saphore) NO ARCHIVINGFitzsimmons said the RFS was not expecting earlier catastrophic conditions to return, but firefighters and communities would be challenged.

"It's certainly going to be another tough period with temperatures up into the 40s, very dry air, very low humidity and the winds turning back around from the west and the northwest," he told the ABC.

Total fire bans will be in place for Saturday for the Monaro alpine, southern ranges and southern slopes fire regions. These regions will also be under very high fire danger, along with seven others.

Another heatwave set to scorch Victoria

As the weather starts heating up before it drops again on New Year's Eve, emergency services have urged Victorians to be extremely aware of weather conditions.

A heatwave that will bring temperatures over 40C across the whole state during the weekend will reach Victoria on Friday.

As the weather starts heating up before it drops again on New Year's Eve, emergency services have urged Victorians to be extremely aware of weather conditions.

Bushfires in Lexton, Victoria last week. Image: 10 News First

Statewide heat alerts will be in place on Saturday and Sunday. Melbourne is forecast to reach 43C in some suburbs on Monday.

New fires have also been deemed as likely to start as a result of dry lightning, particularly in the east of the state.

Authorities urged people to be aware of potentially dangerous fire conditions has been particularly stressed in East Gippsland.

Plans to walk, hike, cycle or or drive in remote parks and forests were discouraged, as new fires can quickly threaten lives.



Army To Lend More Support To NSW Firefighters In Battling Blazes

The Australian army will deploy specialist personnel to each of NSW's fire control centres as part of the federal government's plan to contribute to firefighting efforts.

Significant fires burning can impact communities from the Great Dividing Range to the coast between Bairnsdale and Marlo.

The fires in East Gippsland have been burning since November 21, burning more than 100,000 hectares while travelling more than 1000 kilometres.

Smoke from fires burning in Gippsland and New South Wales is currently affecting air quality in the North East of Victoria.

SA bushfire downgraded but still a threat

SA Country Fire Service crews have continued to deal with minor flare-ups across the Adelaide Hills bushfire, but say there's now no immediate threat to lives or homes.

However, a building heatwave across South Australia and the forecast of extreme weather conditions on Monday have authorities on high alert heading into the weekend.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison meets crews from Woodside CFS in Woodside on Christmas Eve. Image: AAP

The warning level for the fire has been downgraded to an advice message, but the CFS said on Friday people living within the 127-kilometre perimeter need to remain vigilant.

"Thermal imaging equipment is being used to identify hot spots so that crews can strategically target areas of concern, particularly on the western perimeter ahead of forecast wind changes," the CFS said.

"Total fire ban conditions are forecast for Friday and Saturday. Conditions will be hot and windy.

"Any localised winds, along with the forecast weather will increase the chances of fire outbreaks."

Prime Minister Scott Morrison and SA Premier Steven Marshall stand on burnt ground of Jacaranda Drive in Woodside. Image: AAP

Large areas of unburnt vegetation remain within the 25,000-hectare fire ground and will be the areas of most concern if the blaze restarts.

So far 84 homes have been lost in the fire which also claimed one life.

A bushfire advice message also remains in place for a fire at Duncan on Kangaroo Island, but it poses no threat to life or property.