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NSW RFS head north

NSW RFS head north

More NSW RFS crews from the Murray River head North to join the fight against fires

The New South Wales Rural Fire Service Southern Border and Mid Murray teams have sent a further 13 firefighters to help the firefighting efforts in the north of the state.

Thirteen firefighers from across the region flew out early Friday morning from Albury to Coffs Harbour, where they will head to base camp at Dorrigo to join the effort on the fire ground at the Bee's Nest fire on three night shifts.

The crew included members from Bulgandra, Morven, Holbrook, Table Top, Deniliquin, Caldwell and Bunnaloo.

"This is our second rotation of firefighters into Northern NSW and QLD, we are expecting to continue to do so for some time to come," Supt. Patrick Westwood said.

The Bee's Nest fire has burnt more than 94,000 hectares and has destroyed up to 20 structures and damaged a further 13, though more than 362 structures have been saved.

The fire is burning on multiple fronts in Guy Fawkes National Park, the Mount Hyland Nature Reserve and Nymboi Binderay National Park.

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Supt. Westwood said all crews volunteered to go and help.

"[They] are to be commended for their willingness to put others first in their times of need.

"It's why we volunteer, there are certainly some people around the state that are doing it very tough and the people of the Murray River want to be able to help.

"These crews will go straight into the large fire ground, will be talking with residents and landholders, undertaking strategic back burns and working ot put an end to the fire that has been burning for weeks."

The NSW RFS have urged residents in the Riverina-Murray to prepare for the bushfire season before fire resstrictions come into place.

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