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Three people rescued from Kremnos bushfire

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Lisa Visentin

Three people have been airlifted out of the path of an out-of-control bushfire late on Saturday afternoon as a bushfire threatened dozens of properties in northern NSW.

The emergency fire warning for the blaze at Kremnos, south of Grafton, has since been downgraded to a "watch and act" warning as firefighters provide protection to homes in the vicinity of Curlew Drive and Sandstone Drive.

Earlier in the evening, an RFS helicopter airlifted three people to safety as the fire encroached on their Kremnos property. The fire was burning in and around their home as they were rescued.

The state of their property is unknown.

Instagram user Aliciajtownley posted an image of a burnt-out landscape at Halfway Creek, about 17 kilometres from Kremnos.

The Kremnos blaze is one of 96 fires burning across NSW, most of them along the north coast.

"The Rural Fire Service is of the view that many of these fires are the result of escaped private burns,"  RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said.

"The outlook is for hotter and drier months ahead. This is a massive wake up call."

Another three fires in the Clarence Valley region are in the "watch and act" category, with the fires on Florda Red Drive and Clearview Road currently burning out of control.

While those fires pose no direct threat to properties at this stage, authorities advise residents in the region to remain vigilant and informed of possible changing conditions.

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