Buildings destroyed in big blaze as rain brings relief

Widespread rain has dampened the threat from a major bushfire burning in northwest NSW as locals assess the damage.

At least seven outbuildings have been destroyed but fire crews have only been able to access northern parts of the fire ground.

No homes have been confirmed lost after residents living near the Duck Creek Pilliga Forest bushfire faced two days of emergency warnings in the face of the blaze, which swelled to cover nearly 130,000 hectares.

The threat was downgraded to an advice level heading into Wednesday after thunderstorms earlier caused erratic fire behaviour.

It was still being brought under control during the morning following more than 27mm of rain at Narrabri overnight.

"The fire is by no means out, however given the fire behaviour in recent days (the) weather is a most welcome change," the NSW Rural Fire Service said.

More than 400 firefighters were involved in battling the blaze with crews on Wednesday working to clear fallen trees from roads and reopen the Newell Highway.

The fire remains about 17km south of Narrabri, which is home to more than 12,000 people, and 20km west of Boggabri.

Residents in the areas of Willala, Goolhi, Rocky Glen, Jack Creek, Bohena Creek, Stannix Park and Wynella have been warned to stay alert and continue monitoring fire conditions.

Firefighters at the fire burning near Narrabri
The RFS says the fire is "by no means out" but the change in weather is welcome.

The change in weather gave firefighters a chance to put out fires and build containment lines, Emergency Services Minister Jihad Dib said.

RFS deputy commissioner Kyle Stewart said the Pilliga Forest blaze was a good example of the danger of major bushfires over summer.

"Fuel loads, weather conditions and certainly what it is that we see in areas that are remote, like the Pilliga, hamper the ability for us to contain and control fires as quickly as we would like," he said.

"But please be assured that what we know of the fire potential is being matched with the allocation of resources across the state."

Shane Allan, whose parents own Bohena Pet Motel on the Newell Highway, south of Narrabri, told AAP the rain came as a major relief as trees along the property boundary began to ignite.

"It was just starting to bust through our border coming past our fence, and then the storm hit," he said.

"Mother nature came to our rescue. You couldn't have planned it any better."

Mr Allan thanked RFS volunteers, describing them as "absolute legends" who put their lives on the line to help others.

There were 44 bush and grass fires burning across NSW on Wednesday afternoon, including two that were out of control.

The state government has rolled out a series of resources, branded Get Ready NSW, to encourage people to prepare themselves for bushfires and other natural disasters.

It includes evacuation advice and information about preparing homes and businesses for fires.

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