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Six homes razed as crews battle NSW fires


More than a dozen buildings have been destroyed - including six homes - and eight others damaged by a wild bushfire being fanned by unpredictable winds.

But authorities are hoping conditions will improve later on Thursday, helping crews bring the blaze at Tingha under control.

An emergency warning remains in place for the fire, which continued to spread overnight in multiple directions due to changing winds.

It has burnt through more than 12,000 hectares and is pushing towards properties in Gilgai, Ponds Creek, Old Mill and Stannifer.

NSW Rural Fire Service confirmed the fire had destroyed at least six homes and nine outbuildings, and damaged another five homes and three outbuildings.

More are at risk, with winds expected to pick up before they drop off later in the morning, RFS Inspector Ben Shepherd said

"We have got a very much more favourable day - no total fire bans in place for NSW, with low to moderate (fire danger) across most of the state," he said.

Meanwhile, a woman is due to face court accused of lighting another bushfire near Tabulam, near Casino.

The 40-year-old woman was on Wednesday charged for allegedly setting alight rubbish in a steel drum in her backyard.

The fire was allegedly left unattended in the hot weather on Tuesday, amid a total fire ban, and quickly spread to bushland.

At least five structures have reportedly been destroyed by that blaze, which is now at a Watch and Act alert level.

The woman was charged with intentionally causing fire and being reckless to its spread during a total fire ban, and ordered to appear in Casino Local Court on February 27.

Nearly 40 fires continue to burn across NSW, 10 of which are uncontained.

The NSW RFS predicts it will take "days and days" for crews to contain all the fires, which they hope to do before more hot weather returns at the weekend.

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