People across the New South Wales south east are being warned of potentially catastrophic fire conditions expected to hit the region over the weekend.
The Rural Fire Service is warning that temperatures are likely to rise over the coming days, causing havoc for crews still trying to contain a blaze near Cooma.
The town's RFS spokesman, Fred Nichols, says conditions on Monday are expected to be worse than the ones seen this week.
He says they are hoping winds aren't going to cause problems.
“Probably the only advantage I can see if I had to find a positive in this situation is the fact that the wind will come in from the north-west and hopefully take the fire away from Numeralla and other towns,” Mr Nichols said.
Temperatures rose quickly and winds were gusting at 80km/h on Tuesday, causing several fires across the south east to burn out of control.
Cooler weather has given some relief to fire fighters.
Mr Nichols says those conditions will be short lived.
“Friday we've got high temperatures coming back into the region,” he said.
“We'll go into a very high fire danger on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and we'll be going into extreme or catastrophic on Monday.”
A severe fire danger is forecast for the Monaro and Snowy Mountains today, while a very high fire danger rating is in place for the Eurobodalla and Bega Valley.
A total fire ban has also been declared across the state.