AT 9.30am conditions on the Far South Coast had already reached the forecast temps and winds meant to arrive at noon.
RFS Far South Coast team spokesman Marty Webster said it was already 28 degrees with winds gusting to 40 knots.
Fire crews were on high alert with a smoke sighting being investigated in the Pericoe, Rocky Hall area west of Eden.
Meanwhile the main hive of activity in the region was the Buckyjumba fire at Belowra west of Bodalla and Narooma, which started from a dry-lightning strike the same day as the horrendous fires elsewhere in NSW last Thursday.
Mr Webster said yesterday’s rain did help quieten down the fire but also hindered access on the rough fire trails.
There had been containment lines put in place using a bulldozer.A crew of 25 firefighters from the RFS, Forestry Corporation and National Parks would today focus on the “black edge” of the fire on the northwest corner of the 750ha fire that was of most concern and hardest to get to.
Coincidentally that is the same number of RFS firefighters from the Far South Coast in five teams that have headed north to assist with the fires in the Sydney Basin and Southern Highlands, he said.