Regional blazes raging

GUSTY winds and scorching temperatures played havoc with fire crews yesterday as blazes raged out of control.

For the second time in as many days a fire near Coonabarabran threatened to engulf homes.

The Oxley Crossing blaze jumped containment lines on the northern side with winds pushing the fire towards the Bora Creek Valley community.

About 40 firefighters attacked the 2300-hectare fire with aircraft backing up ground resources.

Meanwhile, a fast moving grassfire destroyed 

a shed near Uralla yesterday.

RFS crews were able to save a nearby property from the Eden Field fire which forced the closure of the New England Highway between Uralla and Bendemeer.

Dozens of firefighters had to contend with very hot and strong winds to contain the blaze, but last night it was burning in an area where no homes were under threat.

And Queensland fire crews were being called to assist RFS volunteers to battle a scrub fire near Tenterfield late yesterday.

The fire was sparked near Cullendore and Mount Lindesay roads with some homes in the fire line.

A Watch and Act was in place after the fire burnt out more than 230 hectares in just a few hours.

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