| 11.09,19. 11:06 AM |
Firefighters set for better NSW weather as bushfires continue to rage
Bushfires continue to burn out of control in NSW but improved conditions are forecast across NSW.Credit: AAP
Firefighters are set for improved conditions across northern NSW as they seek to get on top of two bushfires burning out of control.
Watch-and-Act alerts were on Tuesday evening implemented for fires at Bees Nest near Armidale and Drake near Tenterfield. Emergency warnings had been issued at both sites earlier in the day but were downgraded.
The Bees Nest fire - which had breached its containment lines and was heading towards the Billys Creek area - was burning across 73,000 hectares on Tuesday.
The fire at Drake - burning over 39,706ha - also breached its containment lines and was on Tuesday spreading towards Sandy Hill and Sandy Creek properties.
Heavy winds and a gale warning on Monday made firefighters' lives a misery up and down the state, but more favourable conditions are forecast for Wednesday, including lighter winds.
By Tuesday evening, the Bureau of Meteorology had not issued a Wednesday weather warning for either of the sites, and said the NSW Northern Tablelands region would be mostly sunny with light winds.
However authorities say both fires could burn for weeks without rainfall.
At least nine homes and 34 outbuildings have been destroyed in bushfires across the state so far, with six homes damaged.
Firefighters earlier held off a bushfire on the NSW north coast where locals spent the day feeling "helpless" to protect their homes.
The fire at Shark Creek, in the Clarence Valley south of Yamba, was a major concern for authorities as strong winds of more than 60km/hr whipped up flames. However on Tuesday night it was brought under control.
The fire has already burnt through more than 9300 hectares of bushland in the Yuraygir National Park.
Clarence Valley mayor Jim Simmons said he couldn't remember the area being so dry and described conditions as "really terrible".
"We haven't seen anything like this in my lifetime," he told AAP.
About 630 firefighters were in the field on Tuesday.