Residents are returning to their homes as cool weather conditions help firefighters contain more blazes in New South Wales and Victoria.

All bushfire alerts across the two states remained at advice status on Sunday, as firefighters carried out major backburning operations in an effort to build on containment lines.

The New South Wales Rural Fire Service (RFS) says there are still 84 fires burning across the state - eight of which are uncontained.

It says no properties are under threat.

The massive fire near Coonabarabran in north western NSW is now contained.

The fire burnt out 54,000 hectares of land in and around the Warrumbungle National Park and destroyed more than 50 homes.

Rain helped to ease the threat throughout the day on Sunday, but despite the containment, many farmers in the area have been left with no feed for their livestock.

More than half of the 54,000 hectares burnt in the fire was grazing country.

Farmer John Knight says he has been forced to accept donated feed because his own hay is running out.

"We never thought we would ever have to [accept donated feed] in our lives," he said.

Livestock officers spent Sunday carrying out aerial inspections of properties in north western NSW to try to determine stock losses and fodder requirements.

Livestock Health and Pest Authority spokesman Andrew Mulligan says offers of fodder donations through their hotline have been overwhelming.

"As far as the fodder situation goes, we've got around about 20 properties that have requested assistance for fodder," he said.

The authority says feed could be required for several weeks.

Vic residents return home

The huge bushfire that broke out in Victoria's Gippsland region on Friday has grown to more than 56,000 hectares and continues to burn.

At least 21 homes were destroyed by the fire around Seaton and Glenmaggie and many residents returned to their properties for the first time on Sunday.

Fire crews spent the day back burning a 180-hectare area of bushland near Glenmaggie and Heyfield in the hope of containing the Gippsland fire.

The fire started near Aberfeldy on Thursday.

Firefighter Brian Barwick says the process is necessary for reducing the amount of dry fuel near communities.

"The reason why we need to burn these areas out is that if we can't get a mineral earth edge on, then the fire's just going to tickle along on days like today, and then when it gets a bad day it'll just take off," he said.

"So obviously the whole aim is to get black edge up to a road or a mineral earth break, where we can be pretty assured it's not going to jump on a bad day."


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