The ABC has confirmed that Vivian Chaplain, 69, is one of the two people to have died in NSW’s bushfire emergency.
The NSW Rural Fire Service says one other person is confirmed dead.
Five more remain unaccounted for.
A relative of Ms Chaplain said she died while trying to protect her home at Wytaliba, north west of Coffs Harbour on the NSW north coast.
Her daughter-in-law, Chrystal Harwood, said the 69-year-old would be “greatly missed” by her two children and six grandchildren.
“She was a strong woman who died protecting the home and animals she loved,” she said.
“The loss of her has devastated our family there was nothing we could do.
“She was stuck and we couldn’t get to her.”
More to come.