20 Jan 2013

Fire threat easing in NSW, Victoria

10:47 am on 20 January 2013

Cooler weather in New South Wales and Victoria is giving fire crews a chance to get on top of about a dozen fires in the south-east of the country.

Bushfire alerts for the two states have been downgraded to advice status and crews are concentrating efforts on taking advantage of cooler weather to build on containment lines.

On Saturday, residents who had fled the townships of Glenmaggie and Seaton ahead of the large bushfire in the area were able to go back to assess damage to their properties, the ABC reports. Twenty-one homes were destroyed in the area.

About 12 of the 120 fires still burning in New South Wales are not yet contained.

The NSW Rural Fire Service the blaze causing the most concern is the huge bushfire near Coonabarabran in the north-west which covers 53,000 hectares and has destroyed more than 50 homes.