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Rural Fire Service crews will use today (November 13) to strengthen and control containment lines and undertake back burning operations.
Bushfire in the immediate Port Macquarie-Hastings area are either at watch and act or advice level.
There is a state-wide total fire ban in place.
RFS crews along with support from other agencies are battling some 54 grass or bushfires - 25 of those not contained. The RFS is utilising the skills of around 3000 firefighters in the field with local crews supported by intrastate, interstate and international crews.
There are around 350 vehicles and firefighting trucks and some 100 aircraft involved across the state.
A total of 45 homes have now been confirmed destroyed following the bush fires in northern NSW this week.
The RFS building impact assessment teams are continuing their assessment of impacted properties.
Crews have now surveyed more than 550 properties and confirmed the following losses:
- 45 homes destroyed, 11 damaged, 166 in the direct area of the fire saved
- 5 facilities including a hall destroyed, 9 damaged, 18 saved
- 87 outbuildings destroyed, 32 damaged, 191 saved
RFS public liaison officer Paul McGrath said the level of support is appreciated.
"More importantly, our community is demonstrating great support," he said. "And our volunteer firefighters are doing an outstanding job."
While overnight conditions were less harsh than expected - including wind strength - Mr McGrath urged communities in fire-affected areas to remain vigilant.
He said if any resident feels they are threatened by fire in their area, they need to follow their bushfire survival plan.
Relocation centres are listed on the RFS website. The bushfire information phone number is 1800 679 737.
Here is an update on bushfires:
Stockyard East - South westerly winds posed some issues on Tuesday night while residents in the Upper Rollands Plains and Kindee areas need to remain vigilant and monitor the Fires Near Me app and the RFS website.
Coombes Gap - Residents in the Ellenborough area need to monitor conditions and adhere to any warnings that are issued.
"There will be increased smoke activity in the Ellenborough area with winds coming from the southwest," Mr McGrath said.
Crestwood and Lindfield Park Road - RFS crews are patrolling these fires. Under the current dry, drought conditions, crews are aware that these fires can start back up again.
"Fortunately, there was no overnight activity despite quite gusty winds," Mr McGrath said.
Bills Road, Ballengarra (O'Learys) - Stayed within containment lines despite the harsh conditions. This fire is now at advice only.
Gum Scrub - There are a few road closures in this area. If you live north east of the fire, including Upper Rollands Plains and Cooperabung, residents need to monitor conditions especially with forecast south westerly winds.
"Those winds are putting pressure on the northern containment lines. Residents on the north east side of those fires need to vigilant."
Crowdy Bay - The south westerly winds will bring increased smoke to this area, particularly Dunbogan. Crews are conducting back burning activities along with controlling and strengthening containment lines.
Mr McGrath said if residents feel they are threatened by fire, they need to decide which part of their bushfire survival plan they will follow.
Hillville - Is now at watch and act level. The overnight southerly change did increase fire activity on the fire ground pushing the blaze in a north westerly direction.
While the fire activity is starting to ease, the RFS will monitor the situation with expected rising temperatures, a drop in humidity and south westerly winds.
People in Hillville, Tinonee, Failford and Old Bar should monitor conditions.
Old Bar Road is closed however local residents can identify themselves to traffic management.
Rumba Dump - The RFS says this fire ground will be one of the primary target areas for November 13.
"The southerly really impacted that area overnight (Tuesday) pushing the fire in a northerly direction," Mr McGrath said.
"This fire is burning in the Bulgong, Upper and Central Lansdowne, Upper Dingo, Kippaxs, Mooral Creek, Elands, Bobin, Marlee, Killabahk and areas north west of Wingham.
"Residents need to monitor these conditions and enact their bushfire survival plan.
"Residents should know what they will do if a fire threatens your family."
Nabiac - The Pacific Highway has just reopened. The fire in this area is hard to contain despite the "tireless efforts" of RFS crews.
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