The Rural Fire Service has told people living in the Dunns Road and Green Valley bushfire zone to expect more smoke, flames and aircraft activity as firefighters shift to a containment strategy.
Riverina Highlands RFS has now described the bushfires, which merged in a 600,000 hectare blaze late last week with a fire front covering 760 kilometers, as a 'campaign fire'.
"These fires are still not under control, and are not likely to be contained for some weeks due to their size," the RFS stated in a community newsletter.
"We are starting to see an easing in conditions and an opportunity to continue with our containment strategies. How long this will last is not known at this stage."
Firefighters will start back burning ahead of the fire front to reduce fuel loads over the next few days.
Residents have also been warned that they could still be asked to leave their homes and properties if fire conditions worsen in the future.
"Fire behaviour [on Sunday] has eased and crews are all over consolidating control lines, blacking out and ensuring our days of significant fire runs are halted," the RFS stated.
Land owners have been urged to use the lower fire danger to prepare their properties to withstand bushfire by clearing flammable materials, slashing vegetation, moving livestock and setting up pumps and hoses.
Riverina Highlands RFS stated on Facebook on Sunday that favourable conditions were expected this week, which will assist with firefighting efforts.
The Daily Advertiser contacted the RFS for further comment but did not receive a reply before publication.
Community members are urged to watch conditions and fire updates. Personal safety should be priority. Here are some updates for towns in the Snowy Valley LGA.
Tumbarumba and Batlow were still cut off from drinkable tap water on Sunday and Tumbarumba had intermittent electricity, with the RFS recommending people stay away.
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