At a road block for bushfires near Busbys Flat, northern NSW, Wednesday, October 9, 2019. (AAP Image/Jason O'Brien)
As many as 20 homes have been lost and an elderly man has had a lucky escape as an out-of-control bushfire continues to burn in northern NSW.
The blaze at Busbys Flat, south of Casino, was one of two that prompted emergency warnings on Tuesday night.
The NSW Rural Fire Service said between 10 and 20 homes and buildings in the village of Rappville, with a population of around 250 people, were destroyed when the fire ripped through the town.
"I've lost the bloody sheds, the house, lost everything," Rappville resident Danny Smith told reporters on the scene.
"We might have saved the second place but everything else has gone."
More than 13,200 hectares have been burned. The fire danger was downgraded to 'watch and act' on Wednesday morning.
John Duncan, 83, also lost his home in the blaze.
His daughter Carol has set up a GoFundMe page to help her father who she says "lost everything except the clothes he was wearing". By Wednesday morning the page had raised more than $8,870.
Ms Duncan says her father had moved to the area from Canberra after "experiencing the devastating 2004 bushfires and not wanting to go through it again".
But her father was lucky this time, she believes, after firefighters responded to a tweet asking for advice and went to the home to take him and his partner to safety. They had been sheltering in a shed at the back of the property.
"So, the RFS people who went and got my Dad and his partner OUT OF THE SHED thanks to Twitter ... saved my Dad's life," Ms Duncan said.
An evacuation centre has been set up at St Mary's Catholic College in Casino for those who were forced to flee the Busbys Flat fire.
RFS spokesman Greg Allan told AAP firefighters were not expecting to see a reprieve to the hot and windy conditions fanning the fire until Wednesday.
A blaze at Long Gully Road at Drake, which has been burning for five weeks, has destroyed more than 78,000 hectares. The advice level is 'watch and act'.
About 21 fires are burning across NSW, and 15 are deemed serious.
Firefighters are hoping cooler weather conditions from Thursday and expected rain on Friday will help with the firefighting effort.
© AAP 2019