Hundreds of firefighters will take advantage of cooler
weather to strengthen containment lines on about 30
uncontained fires burning across NSW.
RFS Inspector Ben Shepherd says the bushfire threat across
the state has eased, but there will still be hundreds of
firies out battling blazes today.
"Across the state, we've still got over 60 fires of which
just under 30 remain uncontained," Mr Shepherd told Macquarie
"(There's) more favourable weather today ... but we'll be out
there with literally hundreds of firefighters doing that hot
and dirty work trying to get these fires under control.
Cooler conditions on Monday have come after hundreds of
firefighters battled dozens of fires across the state on
Sunday, with fires on the Hawkesbury and in the Southern
Highlands causing immediate threat to homes.
Emergency warnings were issued for residents of Lower
Portland on the Hawkesbury River and for Alpine south of
Sydney as temperatures soared into the thirties in the
About fifty properties came under threat at Lower Portland.
Those fires have now been downgraded to advice level, along
with the fire burning at Howes Swamp in the Hawkesbury.