Homes lost as bushfires rage in NSW  02/13/2019 01:55:01 

Multiple properties have reportedly been destroyed by out-of-control bushfires in northern NSW, as crews battle against dry and windy conditions. 13, 20191:16pm

Five homes have reportedly been lost in northern NSW as a result of out-of-control bushfires in the area, with more than 40 fires still burning across the state.

Firefighters are still working to contain two large bushfires that destroyed the properties, amid concerns they could flare up due to hot, dry and windy conditions.

A cool change that rolled across Sydney and much of the state this morning is yet to bring much relief for crews battling the blazes at Tingha and Tabulam.

The Tingha fire has been upgraded to an emergency warning while the Tabulam blaze remains at a watch and act advise level.

“We have had a number of properties lost but obviously we’re working hard to make sure we don’t lose any more,” NSW Rural Fire Service deputy commissioner Rob Rogers told Channel 9.

The out-of-control blaze at Tabulam, west of Casino, has already burnt through nearly 4000 hectares, while almost 6000 hectares of bush has been lost in Tingha, south of Inverell, and around the community of Old Mill.

The sky was red from the fire ground last night in #Tingha. More at 6pm on @PRIME7Tamworth #PRIME7

— Rachel Baxter (@RachelBaxter_) February 12, 2019

An evacuation centre has been set up at Inverell High School in Brae St, Inverell, with a number of schools in the area closed today.

NSW RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said crews had been doing a lot of back- burning but both blazes remained uncontained.

“There’ll be a long day ahead for firefighters on those two fire grounds, as well as the other 46 fires that we’ve got burning across NSW,” he told Seven’s Sunrise.

EMERGENCY WARNING: Tingah Plateau (Inverell) - Due to strengthening winds, there is an increase of activity across the fireground. If you are in the area of Howell Rd & Old Mill, seek shelter as the fire front approaches. #NSWRFS

— NSW RFS (@NSWRFS) February 13, 2019

“We’re going to see the hot, dry north-westerly influence still dominate much of the northeastern corner of NSW.”

A total fire ban has been declared for the state’s northwest, far north coast, northern slopes and New England regions today.

“Hot, dry and windy conditions ahead of a trough are generating elevated fire dangers across the northeast corner of the state,” the Bureau of Meteorology said in its latest warning.

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