Photo: Julian LukeABOUT 100 fires were burning across the state last night.
Dry lightning storms sparked dried-out bush in western NSW, starting almost 20 new bushfires yesterday afternoon.
The NSW Rural Fire Service said the fires burning around Wilcannia and east of Broken Hill were not threatening properties but they were patrolling the areas in case they spread.
”It can take a couple of days for smouldering [lightning] fires to start,” the RFS spokeswoman Bridie O’Connor said.
In the state’s north, two previously separate blazes combined into one out-of-control fire around the Macleay River yesterday. The fires, which had been burning since Friday, had already burnt out more than 20,000 hectares and approached homes on the Macleay River and between Georges Junction and Five Day Creek.
But no properties were under immediate threat and about 90 firefighters were fighting the blaze and would conduct back burning last night.
Residents south-east of Brewarrina remained on alert last night as firefighters brought a fire under control with water-bombing and a containment line after it had burnt out 150 hectares of land.
Another fire near the Bargo State forest and four properties about 15 kilometres south-west of Picton, was brought under control last night. The RFS said it expected weather in the state’s north to remain a danger all week, but cooler temperatures were on the way elsewhere.
”From Wednesday onwards we are expecting some really hot, windy weather,” Ms O’Connor said. ”We may start to see some more total fire bans once again.”
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