Producers are assessing the damage to their properties as the Duck Creek Pilliga Forest Fire is being controlled by fire crews.
The bushfire, burning approximately 17 kilometres south of Narrabri, 20km west of Boggabri and 40km north east of Coonabarabran, has burnt through more than 128,000 hectares as of the morning of Friday, December 22.
Local sheep producer Nic Hann, Jacks Creek, 30km south of Narrabri, believes at least 80 per cent of her property has been impacted by fire in some way.
The situation quickly changed on Tuesday night, when 93 millimetres of rain was dumped on Ms Hann's property in 24 hours.
"There's a torrent of water running through our fire ravaged property," she said.
"The past couple of day have been a bit of a blur to be honest.
"Everything just happens so fast, you're running on a mixture of adrenaline, stress, fear, hope.
"Honestly it's just a confronting and exhausting moment."
Ms Hann said the rain was a welcome reprieve.
"Having this rain and enabling this beast of a fire to be slowed down has provided those other properties in the line to be spared. And no one should have to face that," she said.
"Seeing the aftermath from the fire then the deluge of rain was ironic. There's water lying and running everywhere around the farm then there's still fires burning in the midst of the water. Almost post apocalyptic, if you didn't see it for yourself, you'd never believe it."
The most important thing, Ms Hann said, was that everyone was safe.
"I feel the immediate community is just grateful that we were all safe and accounted for and that everyone was doing their absolute best to ensure homes were saved right before Christmas and that everyone had a home to return to," she said.
"Small communities like ours, despite the varied differences, will come together in times of crisis."
The latest update on the Duck Creek Pilliga Forest Fire from RFS, issued at 10.30am on Friday, December 22 reads:
- Rain has fallen across the fireground over recent days and there is limited fire activity.
- Today, crews will continue to patrol containment lines and use under more favourable weather to bring the fire under control.
- Helicopters using thermal imaging cameras continue to identify hot spots to have firefighters mop up and black out.
- The Newell Highway is now open.
What you need to do
- If you are in the area of Baan Baa, Willala, Goolhi, Rocky Glen, Jack Creek, Bohena Creek, Stannix Park and Wynella, stay informed because conditions could change.
- Follow your Bush Fire Survival Plan.
- If you do not have a Bush Fire Survival Plan decide what you will do if the fire gets closer. Leaving early is your safest option.
- Decide where you and the people you live with will go. This could be with family or a friend away from the fire.
- Watch out for emergency services personnel and follow their directions.
The evacuations centres at Narrabri and Gunnedah have now closed.
- Stay up to date on bush fires in your area by checking Hazards Near Me, the RFS website, listening to your local radio station, or by calling the RFS Bush Fire Information Line on 1800 679 737.
- For assistance with large animal safer places, please contact Local Land Services on 0407 940 970.
- For information on road closures, check Live Traffic NSW.
- Monitor weather conditions and weather warnings at Bureau of Meteorology.
- For information on temporary school closures in your area, check School Operational Status.