FIREFIGHTERS were defending properties across the NSW south-west on Tuesday night after favourable weather conditions took a turn for the worst and pushed a 100km wide fire storm back towards townships.
Strong winds changed the course of the fire burning 8kms west of Coonabarabran, endangering properties in Bugaldie, Baradine and Carrington.
The NSW Rural Fire Service warned on Tuesday night more properties west of the Warrumbungle National Park, where 40,000ha has already been burnt out, would come under threat if containment lines were breached.
Evacuated families were told they would not be able to return home.
Without rain, the fire is not expected to be contained for at least another two days and a dire weather forecast for Thursday has authorities concerned the blaze will threaten the Coonabarabran township which has a population of more than 3000.
More than 180 firefighters have been tasked with building containment lines around the town in preparation for hot winds.
An evacuation centre at the Coonabarabran Bowling Club remains open but families may have to be relocated if the town comes under threat.
On NSW Rural Fire Service website, tributes were posted on Tuesday to the firefighters at Coonabarabran who continued to fight despite losing their properties.
Anselm Anders said members of the local RFS had lost homes and animals and had shown "huge bravery in confronting such massive fires".
"My mother...and her neighbours have lost property (and) their homes," he wrote
"Family dog is safe and was evacuated but sheep cattle and chooks likely dead or suffering".
Cut roads and heavy smoke have so far prevented search crews from finding out whether fire has destroyed more than the 33 homes and 50 sheds confirmed lost on Monday.
Stock losses are believed to be in the thousands.
Acting NSW Premier Andrew Stoner was in Coonabarabran on Tuesday.
He told reporters he was grateful no lives had been lost but said the loss of farming machinery and animals would be "devastating".
The two fires burning near Coonabarabran are the only blazes threatening towns in NSW.
Fires near Cooma and Sussex inlet continue to burn out of control but no properties are at risk.
A major fire near Yass, where thousands of sheep were killed last week, has been contained.
Updates on bushfire threats can be found at rfs.nsw.gov.au and information about evacuation centres and relief is available on 1800 679 737.
- 122 fires burning across state
- 50 fires remain out of control
- 33 properties lost
- 50 farm sheds lost
- 550,000ha burnt
- 1200 firefighters on duty - 185 at Coonabarabran fire
- 300 trucks in use
Located at the end of a quiet cul de sac in the highly sought after community of Beachside Suffolk Park and only 400 metres to popular Tallow beach, is this...
Set on 657m2 with an east facing large back yard and just a few minutes' walk to Suffolk Park's beautiful Tallow Beach is this large original family beach house...
UNDER CONTRACT....Vacant land has become scarce in New Brighton. One block back from the beach this large allotment presents the perfect opportunity to create your...
This large family home is positioned in a quiet cul-de-sac within a comfortable walk or bike ride to Byron Bay's CBD, Main Beach and a short walk to Tallow Beach...
Perfectly positioned less than 10 minutes from Bangalow and at the end of a leafy country lane is this gorgeous 10 acre hobby farm - featuring peace &...
Priced for a quick sale is this beautiful, level 820sqm block of land with DA approval for a Modern & Contemporary northerly facing 3 bedroom home - with...
NEW PRICE - NEW OWNERS MOTIVATION AND THEY WANT IT SOLD ! This is the best beachside buying in Suffolk Park !! Nestled in a wonderful beachside neighbourhood this...
Modern Beachfront Living with an Awesome Seascape... OPEN HOUSE SATURDAY 10 OCTOBER 1.00 - 1.45PM A penthouse lifestyle is offered from this terrace style home...
Centrally located within a very comfortable 150 metre stroll to the heart of town and adjacent to 'The Wreck,' one of Byron's most famous surf breaks, Bayhaven...
Located in the tightly held enclave of Old Byron Bay is this beautifully presented master built home with a two lane access. Incredibly private and only a stroll...
Join the Community.
Get your local news, your way.
Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.