Prime Minister Morrison has paid tribute to firefighters as crews try to contain dozens of bushfires across the state before temperatures soar later this week.
Conditions eased on Sunday, allowing firefighters a chance to do critical back- burning and containment work ahead of Tuesday, when the mercury is tipped to soar into the 30s in the Illawarra/Shoalhaven.
The blaze at Currowan stretches over more than 78-thousand hectares and has been downgraded to Advice level, however it's still out of control and moving in a westerly direction.
The Princes Highway is closed between Burrill Lake and the Kings Highway turnoff.
Meantime stories of courage and close-calls during the peak of the Currowan blaze are beginning to emerge.
Marine Rescue Ulladulla ignored the conditions to evacuate five children and a woman from the beach at Bawley Point.
In a Facebook post Marine Rescue says the smoke made it difficult to breathe and had significantly limited visibility on the water.
Meantime two Batemans Bay police officers received lots of cuddles from a roo who they rescued with burnt paws as a result of the fire.
The roo will survive and is in the care of WIRES.
Photos: RFS Shoalhaven Heads, Marine Rescue and Batemans Bay Police