Local firies head to New South Wales to help fight devastating bushfires

Forest Fire Management Victoria firefighters have been deployed to NSW to help battle the fires currently ravaging parts of the state.

Local firefighters have headed north to assist those fighting bushfires that continue to devastate New South Wales’ mid- north coast.

As of Thursday morning there were nearly 60 bush and grass fires still burning in NSW, 26 of which were not contained.

Tragically, over the past week four people have died in the fires and over 200 homes have been damaged

or destroyed, with that number expected to rise according to the NSW Rural Fire Service.

According to an ABC report, one million hectares have been burnt across NSW since the start of this year’s fire season.

Nearly 80 fires are also currently raging across Queensland, with Queensland Fire and Emergency Services confirming on Thursday morning that 14 homes have been lost.

Firefighters from the Central Goldfields and neighbouring regions have been deployed to help fight the fires, including 11 CFA strike teams — some from the local district 2 and an Avoca tanker — who were dispatched on Monday to be positioned at Hunter Region.

Eight Forest Fire Management Victoria (FFMVic) firefighters from Central Victoria and the Mallee were deployed on Tuesday.

Newstead resident Steve Richardson, who works for FFMVic in Maryborough, was one of nine FFMVic firefighters sent on the first week-long deployment on November 2 along with two Avoca members John Moser and Mitch Olafsen.

Mr Richardson described the fires as “pretty desperate times” and said while he’s been on the job for 32 years and fought fires overseas, it was his first deployment to NSW.

For more on this story see the Front Page of The Advertiser, Friday, November 15

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