In this photo provided by the New South Wales Rural Fire Service a fire burns near Bookham, Australia, on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013. Firefighters are battling scores of wildfires in southeastern Australia as authorities warned that hot, dry and windy conditions were combining to raise the threat to its highest alert level.
Photo credit: (AP Photo/New South Wales Rural Fire Service, Ryan Perry)
Firefighters are hoping today's cooler conditions will provide some relief after a busy weekend.
A number of blazes are still burning throughout the region, but most are now under control.
Boyd Townsend, from the Rural Fire Service, says a fire about five kilometres south-west of Tabulam flared up yesterday afternoon.
"The aircraft working out of Casino jumped on that very quickly and have been able to knock that out," he said.
"It is burning in remote country but it is quite close to some properties in Oglvie Drive, so those people out there just need to be aware that's there .
"Brigades will be back there today just looking at strategies for finally extinguishing that fire.
"People need to be aware that it's still there, ground crews haven't been able to get to it.
"These aircraft, while they do a fantastic job in knocking a fire down, most of the time they will not put a fire out, particularly where bushland is involved.
"So we still need to get crews in there and make sure it is finally extinguished."
Meanwhile in the Clarence Valley, the main area of concern is Surveyors Creek, north west of Glenreagh.
Stuart Watts, from the Rural Fire Service, says that blaze was covering an area of 1100 hectares when it was last checked.
He says the situation is being brought under control.
"There's no property being threatened at this point in time but the people of McGills Road, Stoney Bridge Road need to be aware that there is a fire burning in the area and if the fire starts to make a run towards those homes they ned to dial triple-0 immediately," Mr Watts said.
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