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NSW bushfire battle continues overnight


Firefighters are still working to contain two large bushfires that have destroyed property in northern NSW, amid concerns they could flare up due to hot, dry and windy conditions.

A cool change that rolled across Sydney and much of the state on Wednesday morning is yet to bring much relief for crews battling the blazes at Tingha and Tabulam.

Emergency warnings were issued for both fires on Tuesday but were downgraded overnight.

"We have had a number of properties lost but obviously we're working hard to make sure we don't lose any more," NSW Rural Fire Service deputy commissioner Rob Rogers told Nine Network on Wednesday.

The out-of-control blaze at Tabulam, west of Casino, has already burnt through nearly 4000 hectares, while almost 6000 hectares of bush has been lost in Tingha, south of Inverell, and around the community of Old Mill.

An evacuation centre has been set up at Inverell High School in Brae Street, Inverell, with a number of schools in the area to be closed on Wednesday.

NSW RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said crews have been doing a lot of back-burning but both blazes remained uncontained.

"There'll be a long day ahead for firefighters on those two fire grounds, as well as the other 46 fires that we've got burning across NSW," he told Seven's Sunrise.

"We're going to see the hot, dry north-westerly influence still dominate much of the north-eastern corner of NSW.

A total fire ban has been declared for the state's north-west, far north coast, northern slopes and New England regions on Wednesday.

"Hot, dry and windy conditions ahead of a trough are generating elevated fire dangers across the northeast corner of the state," the Bureau of Meteorology says in its latest warning.

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