Residents of Oberne Creek may have finished the fight against the fires. But the fight for relief funding has just begun.
The small, rural community south of Tarcutta is home to several hundred people.
Stephen Taylor, who has lived at 'Scarborough Downs' for nearly 17 years estimates that every one of the properties has been affected by the fires.
But, since the area is part of the Wagga local government area, it is not yet eligible for financial assistance.
Mr Taylor's property was one of the worst affected after a lightning strike on Christmas night ignited the surrounding pine forest. Over 10 days, his property became the fire-break between the Tarcutta township and Adelong.
"It was the Saturday after Christmas when we got back and the fire was already half a kilometre into the pine forest. We didn't get far until we ran into a fireball," Mr Taylor said.
The fire moved so quickly that within 40 minutes of the outbreak, the family home was under threat. At its closest, the fire came within 300 metres of their home.
A breeder of cattle and thoroughbred horses, Mr Taylor was able to gather most of his livestock to safety. The horses were evacuated to Ladysmith, but, at least 10 cows and calves were lost to the fire.
"We've seen fires before [on other properties] but we've never seen fires like this was a devil of all fires.
"It was walls of fire on either side, so you can imagine the heat we felt. It was a pressure cooker," Mr Taylor said.
At the height of the situation, 14 fire trucks were negotiating the rocky, steep and tight terrain to keep the fire from impacting at the boundaries of the property.
Nevertheless, of the family's 1000-hectare property, very little remains untouched by fire.
"We lost 80 per cent of the land and the shed. We were lucky, we didn't lose the house but with 80 per cent of the land comes 80 per cent of the income," Mr Taylor said.
He estimates the loss from this financial year will be $80,000 and expects there will be little return on the property for at least three years.
"The burnt areas won't come back for years, and when they do it'll probably come back as weeds," he said.
"The trees keep falling onto fences, and we're left with little security between the neighbours to keep our livestock apart."
Despite the fire now abating, the damage keeps coming as the wire fences have become brittle from the exposure to extreme heat.
Mr Taylor expects it will take at least two years to completely rebuild the infrastructure that has been lost. At an optimistic estimate, Mr Taylor said, it will likely cost $200,000 to patch it up entirely.
But, without eligibility for government assistance, he is looking at footing that entire bill on his own.
It is a problem state member for Wagga Dr Joe McGirr has vowed to address, after meeting with fire-affected residents earlier this week.
"They have raised the issued with me that the areas in Wagga [that have seen fire] are not covered by the disaster classification," Dr McGirr said.
"Yet they have had significant destruction to their property. To be eligible [for funding] they have to be classified, so I have spoken to the Recovery Coordinator Dick Adams."
With an application for disaster classification now tabled for the community, Dr McGirr hopes a favourable outcome will be achieved within the next week.
Mayor of Wagga, Greg Conkey also met with residents this week and said he was determined to assist Dr McGirr in seeing benefits flow to those who need them.
"We are very well off in Wagga, we have not been hit as hard as other areas, but we do need to look after the residents that have been affected," the mayor said.
But, in the meantime, the fire-affected residents are left to play the waiting game as the damage bill keeps climbing.
"One of the biggest problems is that the trees are still falling down and fires are still starting," Mr Taylor said.
More than two weeks after the initial fire activity, and Mr Taylor is still conducting at least three patrols of the property to check for new fires.
"We're still finding logs alight, there are still embers and as the trees fall, any fires in the roots are [exposed to more] oxygen then they start up.
"We're still protecting what little we have left with everything we've got."