Residents around Tumbarumba have been put on alert as the Dunns Road bushfire strengthens in the area.
The Riverina Highlands RFS has warned those in the area of Tooma Road that they need to be prepared.
"There is a heightened level of threat, conditions are changing and you need to start taking action now," the RFS said on Tuesday afternoon.
"There is active fire in the area, community members need to remain vigilant. Monitor conditions and know what you will do if the fire threatens.
"Activate your bushfire survival plan. Only well-prepared homes provide the or offer the best protection. Leaving early is the safest option."
The Dunns Road bushfire alone has burned through more than 338,000 hectares, and merged with several other large fires on Friday night to form a fireground almost twice that size.
The blaze is currently increasing in the Tumbarumba area, and also still burning around Ellerslie and south of Goobarragandra.
The RFS had earlier in the day advised that firefighters were focusing on containing "fire activity" to the south of Tumbarumba in the Mt Farland area, and that smoke fro backburning should be expected.
It urged people considering returning to to the town that it was safer to stay away until the fire was under controlled and services returned to normal.
If you are threatened by fire
- Do not be in the path of the fire.
- Protect yourself from the heat of the fire. Wear protective clothing and footwear. Cover all exposed skin.
- If the fire impacts, seek shelter in a solid structure to protect yourself from the heat of the fire.
- If your life is at risk, call Triple Zero (000).
- If you are in an area that has already been affected by fire, there may be small areas of active fire burning for some time. Be aware of the dangers of trees and branches falling.