The NSW premier, Gladys Berejiklian, and the federal emergency management minister, David Littleproud, join forces to help fire victims

There were more than 60 fires burning across New South Wales on Sunday morning, all at advice alert level, including the 180,000ha Gospers Mountain blaze in Sydneys north-west.

Firefighters were also on the lookout for new blazes sparked by lightning in the storms that rolled over parts of NSW on Friday and Saturday.

The Rural Fire Service said fire danger ratings remained between low-moderate and high across the state.

Easing conditions will allow firefighters to identify and strengthen containment lines as well as identify new ignitions from yesterdays storms, the RFS said on Twitter.

The Bureau of Meteorology duty forecaster, Elli Blandford, said temperatures would be cooler around many of the states fires on Sunday, particularly on the mid-north coast and the Hunter region.

Temperatures are in the low to mid 20s, so quite a bit cooler than weve seen recently, she said. In addition weve got onshore winds which increase humidity and mean conditions arent as dry in a lot of places.

The combination of increased humidity and weaker winds meant a lower fire danger rating, although that was forecast to increase on Monday.

In the next couple of days we will see an increase in fire danger ratings, she said. A front will move through the state, with a combined increase in temperatures and strong winds associated with that front.

Fire dangers would be elevated but were unlikely to be as extreme as those seen in the past fortnight: Because we have an increase in humidity, we are not expecting conditions to dry out significantly.

The NSW premier, Gladys Berejiklian, and the federal emergency management minister, David Littleproud, are expected to announced a joint bushfire relief package worth $48m million on Sunday, News Corp reported.

The impact to communities has been evident over the last few weeks, Berejiklian said. However, the extent of the impact to our farming and business sectors have not been fully quantified as these bushfires continue to burn.

Source: http://www.theguardian.com/us

 

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