Severe fire conditions are forecast for large swathes of NSW,
with 17 bushfires burning out-of-control, the RFS says.
Total fire bans are in place for Greater Sydney, Greater
Hunter, North Coast, New England and Northern Slopes regions,
RFS spokesman Brendan Doyle told AAP on Saturday morning.
He said 17 fires were burning out-of-control across the
state, with the most serious in the Taree and Great Lakes
area on the mid north coast.
He said firefighters had managed to contain the "Purfleet
fire", south of Taree, that had so far burnt through about
100 hectares of bush.
He said gusty winds and high temps would test fire
containment lines through the day.
"With today's weather conditions, they're going to be tested
with the strong winds, so there's still a lot of work ahead
of these firefighters today, tomorrow and the next few days,"
He said about 500 firefighters would be out battling blazes
on Saturday, with hundreds more on stand-by.
The hot, dry and windy conditions forecast meant any new
fires that broke out could spread quickly, Mr Doyle added.
"They can affect homes in a very short timeframe," he said.
He said no homes were currently under threat.