Nearly 100 fires continue to burn about NSW, some out of control

 

Light rain has helped NSW firefighters gain an upper hand over several bushfires burning across the state, but the threat is not over, authorities warn.

More than 90 fires are burning across NSW with about 30 of them out of control.

Firefighters will on Thursday focus on containing the fires, which took off during an unseasonably hot Wednesday, threatening homes in the NSW Hunter region and mid-north coast.

While conditions eased overnight the wind is forecast to pick up later on Thursday.

More than 90 fires continue to burn around NSW. Photo: AAP

"Once the winds pick up with it will flare the fires again. By no means out of the woods. A lot of work to be done on the fire grounds today," Inspector Ben Shepherd told ABC on Thursday.

He said the ground is "extraordinarily dry".

More than 200 firefighters on Wednesday battled two blazes fuelled by high temperatures and winds at Black Hill and Richmond Vale in the NSW Hunter region.

The RFS continues to fight a 1700 hectare bushfire north of Tuncurry on the NSW mid-north coast and a fire south of Batemans Bay, on the south coast.

"Light rain overnight helped but it wasn't enough," NSW Rural Fire Service spokesman James Morris told AAP.

The fire danger remains high across the state despite rain overnight. Photo: 7 News

A lack of rainfall across the state was the main worrying factor for the upcoming bushfire season.

Bushfire danger ratings have been eased in many parts of NSW following a cool change, but the state's Far North Coast, North Coast, Greater Hunter and New England regions remain a very high fire risk.

Residents across the state are being urged to use this weekend to get their properties cleaned up and bushfire-ready.

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