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Rain eases NSW fire conditions

By AAP Newswire

Firefighters have welcomed rain after bushfires swept northern NSW but it hasn't been enough to extinguish blazes which killed an elderly couple and destroyed at least 55 homes.

Crews on Saturday continued to work on several fires, including the the Busbys Flat blaze which ripped through Rappville and the surrounding area on Tuesday afternoon, and the Drake fire which this week claimed the lives of 77-year-old Bob Lindsay and Gwen Hyde, 68.

NSW Rural Fire Service spokesman James Morris said rainfall seen across the firegrounds on Saturday had eased conditions significantly but it wasn't enough to put an end to the blazes.

He said crews would keep working to contain the fires before temperatures and winds rise again in the coming week.

"We haven't had enough rain to really make a difference to the ground fuels, so they will dry out very quickly once we see some sunny and windy weather again," Mr Morris said.

He said conditions were expected to worsen from Tuesday.

At least 55 homes have now been confirmed destroyed in the Busbys Flat and Drake fires, which joined together on Wednesday.

The Busbys Flat fire, which authorities believe was deliberately lit a week ago, remains out of control, while the Drake blaze, which was started over a month ago by a lightning strike, is being controlled.

The latter fire claimed the lives of Mr Lindsay and Ms Hyde.

The bodies of the married couple were found in their destroyed Coongbar home on Thursday some two days after fires roared through the region.

Mr Lindsay's daughter-in-law, Julie Lindsay, on Friday told Ten News the great-grandfather was "the kindest man you could ever meet".