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NSW RFS warns of increased fire activity

By AAP Newswire

High temperatures and strong winds have increased fire activity across southern NSW.

The NSW Rural Fire Service on Sunday afternoon said the winds forecast in the afternoon could push fires towards rural properties.

"Fire activity has increased on a number firegrounds in the states south. Increased winds this afternoon continue to push fires towards a number of isolated rural properties," the RFS tweeted.

An emergency warning was issued in the Snowy Monaro region for the Creewah Road blaze which is burning in the Glen Allen area.

The Princes Highway in Bodalla on the south coast has reopened with police escort after earlier closures.

Rain is forecast with a severe thunderstorm warning issued for damaging winds and heavy rainfall across parts of the state on Sunday afternoon.

The slow moving thunderstorms are expected to impact Sydney, the state's mid-north coast, Hunter, central tablelands, parts of the Illawarra, the northern tablelands and the central west.