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Respite for NSW town threatened by fire



A fire that sparked evacuations in central western New South Wales has eased but authorities warn the situation is likely to worsen again on today.

Tambaroora residents were yesterday told to "go inside and protect yourself" as fires burning throughout the region were upgraded to emergency status.

Some were told it was "too late to leave" as homes came under threat but the blaze was later downgraded to watch and act, as conditions eased overnight.

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Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) urged locals to closely monitor the conditions.

"The fire is large and under extreme fire conditions on Tuesday has spread in a number of directions," the organisation said.

"Under westerly winds the fire is still progressing to the east.

Overnight, conditions across the fireground have eased, with winds and temperatures lowering and humidity increasing.

"Fire activity is likely to increase on Wednesday, however, as the forecast temperature and winds increase."

An emergency warning was earlier issued for Tambaroora just before 6pm on Monday, the hottest NSW day in more than two years.

A lightning strike started the blaze, which threatened about 48 homes. 

The alert was downgraded but reissued after another day of blistering conditions, before another downgrade on Tuesday night.

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Dozens of other grass and bushfires are burning across the state at an advice level.

Residents can find the latest warnings on the NSW Rural Fire Service website.

A total fire ban has also been implemented across the Central Ranges and Greater Hunter.

The Bureau of Meteorology predicted a welcome reprieve sweeping through from Thursday onwards.

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