THERE'S no sign of relief as weather conditions worsen for firefighters battling destructive blazes in the state's north.
Out of control fires at Drake and Bees Nest near Armidale have ripped through five homes and 100,000 hectares as strong winds fan the flames. The Mount McKenzie Road fire near Tenterfield is being controlled.
NSW Rural Fire Service volunteers met with residents and Armidale Regional Council mayor Simon Murray on Sunday.
"I talked to some people on the western side of the gorge who's property was affected, they don't know how many cattle they have left," Cr Murray said.
"At the moment the focus is asset protection, there's very little chance of back-burning.
"There is a concern around Ebor itself that the wind could change and the fire could come back."
The out of control Long Gully Road and Bees Nest fires have both been downgraded to Watch and Act status, but are expected to rage for weeks in tough to reach terrain.
At 1pm there are 47 bush and grass fires burning across NSW, with 21 uncontained. One fire is at Emergency Warning and two are at Watch & Act due to the windy conditions that will continue this afternoon. Know what you'll do if fire impacts on your property. #NSWRFS#nswfirespic.twitter.com/gVtRWmspB7— NSW RFS (@NSWRFS) September 9, 2019
An evacuation centre is open at Dorrigo Showground, calls for clothing, food and hygiene products were so well-answered that people were told to hold off bringing more on Sunday.
At least 25 evacuees took shelter at the centre at the weekend, many uncertain whether they would have homes to return to.
Two RFS crews from Tamworth are among the hundreds of firefighters who are battling the blazes in the state's north.
Winds of up to 80km per hour have pushed the fires forward at alarming speeds and efforts by firefighters have been largely reactionary, Tamworth RFS superintendent Allyn Purkiss said.
"Certainly the Bees Nest fire is in country now that has no containment options for many kilometres," Mr Purkiss said.
"I would expect it to go on for a number of weeks.
"The Long Gully Road fire has run into some of the areas affected earlier in the year by fire around Drake, the strategy is to steer it in that direction so it runs out of fuel to keep burning."
Just 10 per cent of the Drake blaze has been assessed and four homes are confirmed destroyed.
NSW RFS Building Impact Assessment teams are looking at impacted properties.
One home, two car yards and a pistol club were destroyed in the Mount McKenzie Road fire at Tenterfield.
The Insurance Council of Australia declared the fires a catastrophe and the state and federal governments are offering disaster assistance.
Relief is available for those in Tenterfield, Armidale, Clarence Valley, Glen Innes, Inverell, Uralla and Walcha who have been affected by the bushfires since August 31.
Support includes help for people who's homes or belongings have been damaged and money for local councils to help with clean up and reconstruction costs.
The fires are severe, Natural Disaster and Emergency Management Minister David Littleproud said.
"They've been fuelled by strong winds and have burnt through thousands of hectares of land, threatening life and communities," he said.
"The speed at which these fires moved shows the need for communities to stay vigilant and have a plan, especially as we try to bring them under control."
Concessional interest rate loans for small businesses, primary producers and non-profit organisations are available, as well as freight subsidies for primary producers and financial grants for non-profits.