The latest on the NSW bushfires

Bushfires have claimed the lives of an elderly couple and destroyed dozens of homes in northern NSW.
Bushfires have claimed the lives of an elderly couple and destroyed dozens of homes in northern NSW.

A couple has been killed and at least 29 homes destroyed in this week's bushfires in northern NSW.

Here is the latest on what we know:

WHERE ARE THE FIRES?

More than 30 bush and grass fires continue to burn across NSW, 13 of which remain uncontained.

Two major blazes at Drake near Tenterfield and at Busbys Flat near Rappville have joined to form a massive fire, the RFS says. It has burned through more than 110,000 hectares.

WHAT'S THE DAMAGE?

The remains of married couple Bob Lindsey, 77, and Gwen Hyde, 68, were found in their Coongbar Home on Thursday.

The home was destroyed when the Drake fire roared through the region on Tuesday.

At least 29 homes have been destroyed and nine have been damaged in the Drake and Busbys Flat blazes this week, with that number expected to climb as assessments continue.

A further 72 outbuildings and two community facilities have been destroyed. Rappville's Tarmac Sawmill has been destroyed, with Richmond Valley mayor Robert Mustow saying it will hurt 30 employees and have a "big impact on our community".

WHAT RESOURCES HAVE BEEN DEPLOYED?

Over 500 firefighters were on the ground state-wide on Thursday, with 34 aircraft assisting with water-bombing and aerial surveillance.

Firefighters from South Australia and Victoria, and personnel from the Northern Territory, arrived in the state on Thursday to help efforts to contain blazes in coming days.

WHAT WARNINGS HAVE BEEN ISSUED?

All blazes were at the lower 'advice' level on Thursday afternoon.

WHAT IS THE FORECAST?

The NSW Rural Fire Service says milder weather has helped firefighters, with favourable conditions expected to continue for the next few days.

RFS spokesman James Morris told AAP rain was expected on fire grounds on Saturday, which "will allow us to see hopefully some containment".

Australian Associated Press