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This could be peak of NSW fire crisis: MP

The danger remains but the NSW emergency services minister hopes the state has reached the peak of the bushfire crisis.

At least 1588 homes, including 672 this year, have been destroyed during the unprecedented fire season in NSW.

But fire crews have used scattered showers and cooler conditions to good effect in recent days, minister David Elliott said on Tuesday.

"We are not out of the woods yet - Friday will again be another dangerous day because of the heat," he told reporters in Sydney.

"But after a couple of days of moist and mild weather hopefully the fire grounds are going to be a little easier to manage."

Mr Elliott said this week could be considered "the end of the beginning".

"What you'll see at the end of this month is the commencement of the mopping up exercises," the minister said.

"February is always hot but with the forecast of some wet weather coming in March and April we shouldn't see too much more expansion. What we will see is containment."

The massive Gospers Mountain fire west of Sydney could be contained by Friday, Mr Elliot said.

"I think we have reached the peak," he concluded.

"As the prime minister and the premier have said - the recovery will begin now."

Rural Fire Service commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons says this Friday is not likely to be as severe as last Saturday when huge swathes of bush and hundreds of homes were razed on the South Coast.

"There's a combination of suppression and mopping up and patrolling," Mr Fitzsimmons told ABC TV on Tuesday.

"It was nice to see a cyclone forming up the top end of Western Australia which is hopefully a signal that we may see monsoon activity which will disrupt the dominant hot air mass continuing to influence so much of the weather."

Bega MP Andrew Constance said one of the most concerning issues now was getting bushfire-affected people registered at evacuation centres so they could receive the support and assistance they needed.

"Our biggest priority is getting trauma counsellors where we need it," he said.

Twenty people have lost their lives since October. Two men, from Kiah and Lower Towamba, missing on the far south coast were located safe and well on Tuesday, police said.

Firefighter Andrew O'Dwyer, 36, was laid to rest on Tuesday more than two weeks after he was killed while battling a blaze southwest of Sydney.

"You need to know that your dad was a selfless man, he was a special man, and he only left us because he was a hero," Mr Fitzsimmons said, speaking directly to Mr O'Dwyer's one-year-old daughter.

Meanwhile, two people have been charged with seeking to break into houses during the mass evacuations on the south coast.

NSW Police deputy commissioner Gary Worboys on Tuesday labelled looting a "disgusting" crime and said neither the police nor community would accept it.

Almost 118 fires continue to burn across NSW with 50 uncontained.

More than 6200 livestock are among millions of animals believed killed.

Some 4.8 million hectares - equal to the metro areas of the five mainland state capitals - have been burnt in NSW this season.

© AAP 2020