Firefighters are expecting a "pretty horrible" day for
bushfires on Saturday as more extreme weather hits NSW.
A total fire ban across the state has been extended for a
further 24 hours through Saturday, with temperatures
predicted to soar into the 40s again in many parts of NSW.
NSW Rural Fire Service said the hot forecast meant it would
be another tough day for firefighters, who on Friday night
were battling around 98 fires, of which 16 remained
"We are looking at some pretty horrible conditions tomorrow
across the southern part of the state but not all of the
state," an RFS spokesman told AAP.
"We've got a grip on most of these fires and are doing some
burning overnight to tie these fires in, but will be tested
by the wind and weather conditions tomorrow."
The spokesman said strong westerly winds heightened the
bushfire risk for Saturday.
He said the fires that would cause the most concern were the
Deans Gap fire in the Shoalhaven, the Cobbler Road fire near
Yass and the Yarrabin fire in the Cooma-Monaro region.
More than 230 firefighters were on Friday night working to
contain the Yarrabin fire, which has now burnt through more
than 9,800 hectares of bush and grass.
Firefighters were working to strengthen containment lines
around these fires before things heated up Saturday, the RFS
"We're doing that in the hope the fires stay in their box,"
the spokesman said.