Woman charged over northern NSW bushfire as blazes continue to burn

A woman has been charged over a bushfire in northern New South Wales that has destroyed several homes, as crews battle dozens of blazes across the State.

The 40-year-old is accused of lighting rubbish in a steel container in the backyard of her home at Tabulam on Tuesday during a state-wide total fire ban.

Police allege the woman left the rubbish fire unattended before it quickly spread to nearby bushland.


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The blaze burnt almost 3000 hectares of land, destroyed five homes and forced the evacuation of the Jubullum Aboriginal.

The woman has been charged with intentionally cause fire and be reckless to its spread, and set fire during total fire ban and will front court on February 27.

The New South Wales Rural Fire Service says 37 fires continue to burn across the state with an Emergency Warning in place for an out-of-control fire at Tingha.

The RFS warns there is a threat to lives and properties in the area after the fire spread overnight in a northerly direction towards Gilgai, Ponds Creek, Old Mill and Stannifer with strong winds continuing to fan the blaze on Thursday.

Extra resources are being sent to the area today including more water-bombing aircraft.

Emergency warnings for blazes at Tabulam and Wallangarra have now been downgraded to Watch and Act.

The RFS says the immediate threat to properties from those two blazes has eased, but residents are urged to continue to monitor conditions.

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