The short window of favourable weather conditions is set to close with fire and emergency services preparing for a spike in temperatures over coming days.
Fires burning either side of the NSW and Victorian border are still a source of grave concern for fire authorities despite the easing conditions.
Favourable weather conditions have allowed the RFS to strengthen containment lines before temperatures are forecast to rise on Friday.
Several areas along the NSW South Coast are expected reach temperatures in the mid-thirties while areas further inland will soar past 40C.
A warning for very high fire danger has been issues for the Central Ranges, North Western and Southern Slopes. A Total Fire Ban will be in place for the Southern Slopes today and residents are being told to prepares their properties and establish a fire plan.
Asthma sufferers have been warned of heavy smoke haze in Sydney and Canberra today as hundreds of fires continue to burn around the state.
Canberra is forecast to reach 29C tomorrow while Friday could see a maximum of 40C.
The latest impact assessment from the RFS has revealed more than 1500 homes have been destroyed in the crisis so far.
Thousands of donations have been made to assist the recovery effort with some communities now struggling to manage the flood of items being delivered to assist fire-hit towns on the NSW South Coast.
Grant Schultz, a local resident of Milton, has been tasked with coordinating donations for the fire response in his community.
“It has grown so quickly we’ve been literally overwhelmed,” he told Today.
“We have had staff, and by staff I mean volunteers, come in and do as much as they possibly can as quickly as they can.
“At the same time we have been trying to get food, relief and water out at the same time.
“We have caught up to a degree. I can’t believe the amount of goods, it is astounding.”
Those wanting to support the bushfire appeal have been asked to make monetary contributions to help ease the pressure on communities attempting to manage the wave of donations.
Rains that provided a respite from bushfires will start giving way to sunny weather across Victoria today, with warmer conditions prompting warnings for people to remain vigilant.
Fire danger ratings today will remain at low levels in East Gippsland and will rise to very high in the northeast, as temperatures rise slightly ahead of forecast spike days tomorrow and Friday.
“In terms of weather and fire conditions, again we talk about, now, benign conditions, the fire is suppressed. It is still there. It is still tinder dry in East Gippsland in the northeast of our state,” Emergency Management Commissioner for Victoria Andrew Crisp told reporters.
As bushfires merged into bigger complexes, 12 blazes were active across Victoria on Tuesday evening, burning more than 1.2 million hectares.
Two main fire complexes in East Gippsland and the northeast were named Tambo and Snowy.
Yesterday also saw people being rescued from fire-ravaged town of Mallacoota, where the Royal Australian Navy said that 260 people had boarded HMAS Choules ship, including CFA volunteers.
They are expected to reach the HMAS Cerberus naval base on the Mornington Peninsula this afternoon after an almost 20-hour journey.
About 4000 people became isolated at the coastal community a week ago, where the medical centre has stayed open 24 hours and food supplies have been cut off.
Emergency Victoria warning alerts said there had been reports of local residents cutting their way out of closed areas.
“Residents must stop this immediately,” the warning read.
“It is also not safe to drive on these roads until they have been treated for hazardous trees and other damage. There is also still active fire in some of these areas.”
The call to follow instructions and stay sharp-eyed was backed up by Premier Daniel Andrews.
“We are taking advantage of these slightly calmer conditions. These next couple of days will be a big challenge for us as the weather changes again,” he said.
“This is not over by a long shot. While the last couple of days have been benign, there will be messages that are all about your safety and your wellbeing. They will be sent out almost certainly Thursday and Friday this week.”
Deteriorating weather conditions on Kangaroo Island have authorities fearful of further flare-up from the devastating bushfire that has destroyed more than 50 homes.
Temperatures will increase across the fire ground over the next two days with tomorrow a day of particular concern as winds increase ahead of a cool change.
Temperatures around the state are high today with several areas including Adelaide, Keith, Ceduna and Coober Pedy forecast to reach 36C.
So far, the blaze has claimed 56 homes, 236 outbuildings and 257 vehicles and has burnt through 160,000 hectares.
“This is still a large fire, which is not controlled,” chief officer Mark Jones said.
“The fire has caused extensive damage to the Flinders Chase conservation park and devastated a number of small communities and properties.”
The CFS has completed an aerial survey of the island to determine which areas are likely to be of most concern as temperatures push into the 30s.
New activity is expected on the eastern flank of the fire in areas including Snug Cove, Stokes Bay and in the Andamel, Mt Taylor and Lathami conservation parks.
The CFS plans to have more than 130 firefighters on the ground today which will be a day of severe fire danger.
“We are also increasing capability on the island, in the event of an outbreak on Thursday, we’ll be well prepared and are considering sending extra aerial resources and extra firefighting resources in anticipation,” Mr Jones said.