A volunteer firefighter has had a tearful reunion with his daughters after helping fight horrific blazes that tore through NSW’s South Coast.
Colin Munro was filmed returning home to his two young daughters after being on the fire front for 11 days.
While his most recent stint battling fires was 11 days, Mr Munro has been contributing to the fire effort since early November.
His daughters can be seen screaming “daddy” as they race to hug him, with the family dog not far behind.
“My two beautiful daughters,” Mr Munro can be heard saying.
Crews are currently taking advantage of cooler weather as authorities confirm almost 1700 NSW properties have been lost as a result of the bushfires.
A total fire ban is in place for the southern slopes, one of three districts west of the Great Dividing Range subject to “very high” fire danger.
More showers are possible across the south coast on Wednesday after up to 3mm fell in parts of the Shoalhaven and the Bega Valley was sprinkled with 0.5mm on Tuesday.
The conditions have been used to good effect by fire crews, according to Emergency Services Minister David Elliott.
Noting another hot day is forecast for Friday, he hopes fire grounds will be easier to manage after the milder weather.
The Gospers Mountain fire north of Sydney could be contained by Friday.
“I think we have reached the peak,” Mr Elliott concluded.
Long-term however the Bureau of Meteorology says neither wetter nor drier than average weather is expected before April, while dry conditions are likely to predominate throughout January.