Rural Fire Service (RFS) crews are confident the natural disaster that was the Tingha Plateau blaze is officially over after applying to lift the declaration.
However, Northern Tablelands incident controller, superintendent Michael Brett warned landholders bushfire season did not end with summer.
Supt Brett said local crews had been patrolling the fire ground since Saturday.
"The problem we're facing is timber burning in the area. I know the Tingha brigade has been dealing with a few small breakouts. However, we will make an assessment today but for now the fire status is at patrol," he said.
RFS and Fire and Rescue resources from different parts of QLD and NSW, sent in to support local crews, packed up earlier this week as Tingha residents started the bushfire recovery process.
Supt Brett said the fire had been and gone, leaving a trail of destruction along the way; completely destroying 14 homes.
"This should be a bit of a wake up call for people. We're still not out of the woods so to speak. We haven't had any rain and we only need to go back into that dry, hot weather we had three weeks ago, which is now impacting southern parts of Australia.
"Generally we get the hot weather from Western Australia and it sort of heads south before going north so we could see a return of those horrible weather patterns shortly," he said.
Supt Brett said landholders should be planning and preparing their properties before disaster strikes.
<p>Such a nice moment for crews in Tingha with His Excellency the Governor and Mrs Hurley after a hard few weeks. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/bushfires?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#bushfires</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NSWRFS?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#NSWRFS</a> <a href="https://t.co/EoohYzVe6X">pic.twitter.com/EoohYzVe6X</a></p>— Rebel Talbert (@rebeltalbert) <a href="https://twitter.com/rebeltalbert/status/1098884347929681921?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 22, 2019</a>
Removing overhanging branches, clearing gutters and speaking to council and local fire brigades about vegetation around the house is a place to start.
"Obviously there is a lot of country out there similar to that of Tingha and all it needs is a dry storm to come through and drop some lightning and we could have those problems all over again."
The experienced firefighter said preparing once fire starts is always too late, especially with the region being so dry.
"The fire is out because of the good work of firefighters working on containments and utilising resources we had but the strong winds and hots days will return. We're only in Autumn and last year we saw fires right up around the end of May."
For more information on how you can plan and prepare for bushfires, head to www.rfs.nsw.gov.au.