NOON: THE Bruxner Highway remains closed between Yetman and Texas due to a bushfire in the area.
Northern Tabelands Rural Fire Service Superintendent Chris Wallbridge said eight tank crews were working to contain the fire while the weather was on their side.
Superintendent Wallbridge said the winds were nowhere near as bad today as they had been.
Crews from Inverell, Northern Tablelands and National Parks plus a bulldozer are working on the fire.
The fire started yesterday and is 8km east of Yetman, with Texas and Yetman the only places that vehicles could detour from the highway.
New England Inspector Tim Butcher said a fire at Yarrowich fire could threaten homes later today, with easterly and southerly winds expected.
A watch and act warning was issued for the fire around noon, south-east of Blomfield Road and Kangaroo Flat Road, Yarrowitch.
A number of fire trucks were on scene working to contain the fire.
The fire is burning near some isolated rural properties and residents in the area should take advice from firefighters on the ground, the RFS said.
Residents may notice an increase in smoke and fire activity as a result of the fire.
In the Tamworth region, a fire in the Nundle township was causing problems yesterday, but was extinguished last night.
It was deliberately lit by a resident burning off, but spread to two of his sheds, destroying four vehicles and machinery.
Tamworth RFS Inspector Steve Prior said a crew was working on remedial work at Tarpoly, with a few smoking trees being brought down today and extinguished.
He said, other than that, Tamworth was going "pretty well at the moment".
Inspector Prior said people with permits were not allowed to light fires in periods of very high fire danger, which was today in this region.
Liverpool Plains and Namoi/Gwydir reported no issues today.
Continue to stay up to date with the bush fire situation by checking www.rfs.nsw.gov.au, listening to your local radio station or by calling the NSW RFS Bush Fire Information Line on 1800 679 737