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Relief after overnight NSW bushfire battle

By AAP Newswire

Favourable conditions could allow tourists to return to the NSW South Coast but firefighters are still battling serious blazes in the Snowy Mountains region.

Four fires, including the Adaminaby Complex and Good Good blazes, were at watch-and-act alert levl on Saturday evening amid 127 fires statewide.

A visitor 'leave zone' still remains in the Adaminaby area.

But for those on the coast, holidaymakers are being welcomed back more than a week since the tourist 'leave zone' was established.

The Rural Fire Service on Saturday said significant amounts of fire remained in the area but the risk had eased and many villages and towns were now safe to visit.

Areas heavily impacted by the fires remain accessible to local residents only.

"Our very strong message to future visitors is to keep us in your thoughts over the coming weeks and months as you plan your holidays," Bega Valley Shire's Daniel Murphy said in a statement.

Many waterways still remain unsafe due to ash, debris, runoff and sewer overflows but council swimming pools have been reopening.

Firefighters will use forecast milder conditions over the next five to seven days to strengthen bushfire containment lines.

No homes were lost on Friday despite strong northerlies and a blustery cool change leading some fires to jump lines and several emergency warnings.

But one man was seriously burnt while defending his property near Tumbarumba, southwest of Canberra.

Four firefighters were also injured after they were "overrun by fire" while battling the Adaminaby blaze northwest of Cooma.

Some of the outbuildings lost on Friday included those at Sunnataram Forest Buddhist Monastery in Southern Highlands community Bundanoon.

The main pagoda was saved.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said authorities were "incredibly relieved" to have come through the night relatively unscathed.

"I strongly believe one of the reasons we came through it as well as we did was the preparation," she told reporters on Saturday morning.

"There is no doubt in my mind that that level of professionalism and preparedness allowed communities to survive another long and difficult night."

The only NSW fire district with a 'very high' fire danger rating on Sunday will be north western. Six districts on or west of the Diving Range have 'high' fire danger.

Some 2097 homes, 216 schools and other facilities and 4287 sheds and other outbuildings have been destroyed since July, according to the latest building assessment count issued on Saturday.

That includes 1163 homes, 144 facilities and 2179 outbuildings since New Year's Eve.