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Benign weather aids NSW bushfire fight

By AAP Newswire

NSW firefighters are making the most of favourable weather conditions by attempting to contain more than a dozen bushfires ahead of potentially hot temperatures and strong winds next week.

The federal government, meanwhile, has activated a disaster recovery allowance providing victims with up to 13 weeks of support payments.

More than 45 fires continue to burn across the state at midday on Friday, 14 of which remained uncontained.

The Rural Fire Service says firefighters are taking advantage of cooler conditions to undertake back-burning around the state, but warmer and windier conditions are again expected next week.

RFS Inspector Ben Shepherd said he didn't expect the largest fires to be contained before the adverse weather hits.

The RFS is watching three blazes which caused concern this week at Drake near Tenterfield, Bees Nest near Armidale and Shark Creek in Clarence Valley.

Those fires at 1pm on Friday had burned through almost 50,000 hectares at Drake, 83,000ha at Bees Nest and almost 11,000ha at Shark Creek.

"Just two fires alone are well over 100,000ha in size and between them have over 400km of perimeter that we have to deal with," Mr Shepherd said.

All remain at Advice alert levels, along with a fire east of Glen Innes which was being fanned by strong winds on Thursday night.

With Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Friday touring fire-affected southeast Queensland communities, the federal government activated the disaster recovery allowance in Armidale, Bellingen, Clarence Valley, Glen Innes, Inverell, Tenterfield, Uralla and Walcha in NSW.

The allowance provides an additional support payment for up to 13 weeks to those who have lost income as a result of the bushfires.

It is equivalent to the maximum rate of the Newstart allowance.

Several NSW regions will experience very high fire danger on Friday, including the Far North Coast, New England and the Northern Slopes.

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Neale Fraser said the coming days are expected to be "reasonably benign" while remaining dry.

But longer-term conditions could potentially worsen towards the end of next week, Mr Fraser told AAP, spreading pre-existing fires.