Lithgow ... helicopters water bomb a bushfire. Photo: Mick Tsikas
MORE than 130 bush fires continue to burn across NSW, including 20 that are out of control as fire crews race to contain blazes before a return to hot and windy conditions later in the week.
The biggest threat is currently posed by a grass and shrub fire burning in an easterly direction about 11 kilometres outside Yass in the NSW southern tablelands region.
The Rural Fire Service said properties in Ferndale, Sunnyside, Spring Vale, Wattle Valley, Yowerweema, Katandee and Euralia areas may be impacted by fire within the next two to six hours.
Still under threat ... an aerial view of Deans Gap. Photo: NSW Rural Fire Service
Fire crews on the ground along with water bombing air craft and the Air-Crane are currently undertaking property protection at a number of rural properties.
The township of Yass is currently not under threat.
"It certainly has the potential to cause quite significant devastation if it were to continue along its current path," RFS Deputy Commissioner Rob Rogers said. "But I’m confident we will protect the township of Yass."
Jugiong ... one property saved. Photo: Jay Cronan
The fire that began on Tuesday at Deans Gap, in the Shoalhaven remains out of control and now has a 44 kilometre perimeter, having burnt out more than 4,000 hectares.
The fire is currently burning in the Jerrwongala area, with the immediate threat being to the north east of the Princes Highway.
Water bombing aircraft are trying to slow this section of the fire, along with 120 firefighters and 21 trucks.
They have been assisted on Wednesday by cooler conditions and evacuation centres in the coastal village of Sussex Inlet have now closed.
While it poses no immediate threat to property the forecast return of high temperatures and strong winds on Friday and Saturday means the blaze could still pose a threat to the coastal village of Sussex Inlet and Wandandian.
The Princes Highway is currently open but may be continue to be shut at times if needed.
A watch and act advisory is also in place for a fire at Yarrabin near Cooma which too continues to burn out of control.
The fire front is now approximately 20 kilometres east of Cooma and burning through the Kybeyan Valley area.
At this stage there is limited access to Tuross River Road.
One residential home was lost as a result of this fire yesterday.
A total fire ban remains in place in NSW until midnight.