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Cool reprieve for NSW firefighters

AAP logoAAP 8/11/2016

NSW firefighters have made the most of cooler conditions to bring two massive blazes closer to containment.

NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) firefighters took advantage of light rain and cool weather overnight to tackle the Lone Pine fire near Port Stephens, which has burnt through 9000 hectares, a spokesman said on Wednesday morning.

That fire remains at advice level, the lowest threat level assigned to active bushfires.

The Kundabung fire near Kempsey has also been downgraded to advice level, and the fire danger for most of the state was considered low on Wednesday.

Firefighters are hopeful that with cool weather expected to hold out in the area for the next 24 hours they will be able to bring the two fires under control.

But an RFS spokesman said firefighters were not out of the woods yet, with hot weather predicted for the coming weekend, 47 fires still blazing across the state and a high fire danger rating currently in place for the far north coast.

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