15 Jan 2013

NSW crews focus on containing national park bushfire

10:05 pm on 15 January 2013

Firefighters will work through the night on Tuesday strengthening containment lines at a major bushfire in the north-west of New South Wales, ahead of forecast bad weather later in the week.

The Rural Fire Service has a watch-and-act alert for the fire in the Warrumbungle National Park, which has already destroyed at least 40 homes and burned through 40,000 hectares west of Coonabarabran.

Extra resources have been brought in to help tackle the uncontrolled blaze and build containment lines around its 100km perimeter during cooler conditions, the ABC reports.

The fire is one of 122 still burning across the state, 29 of which are out of control on Tuesday night.

Eighty crews and 20 aircraft have been dropping water and fire retardant on the blaze, burning close to the village of Bugaldie.

Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons says an arduous task lies ahead for fire crews before predicted bad weather on Friday.