Fires near me: Local RFS takes a break as fierce fires subside

Local firefighting crews have downed tools after weeks battling bush fires across the New England.
Local firefighting crews have downed tools after weeks battling bush fires across the New England.

Local firefighting crews have downed tools after weeks battling bush fires across the New England.

With around 200 RFS firefighters from across NSW setting up camp in Glen Innes available to help out the local crews have earned a rest, said superintendent Mark Williams.

"The efforts from all agencies has been a true testament of their professionalism and dedication to supporting communities," he said.

"Having out of area support will allow our local crews some respite and a chance to reset ahead of the warmer weather predicted over the coming days".

Since an unseasonably early start to the fire season with an emergency blaze threatening homes on the outskirts of Tenterfield, local RFS teams have been working hard to defend life and property, assisted by a range of NSW and interstate emergency services.

The Bees Nest fire has destroyed over 100,000 hectares of bushland and is marked as being controlled, with the Long Gully fire near Drake which has burnt up over 73,000 hectares now under control.

The Kingsgate fire near Red Range, Wytaliba and Newton Boyd, is being controlled. That blaze burned through more than 36,000 hectares.

Superintendent Williams said it isn't the end of the threat for New England residents. Homeowners near Tenterfield were threatened by an emergency out of control blaze lit by children just on the weekend.

"With over 2,000 km of fire edge to contain and patrol, there is still a very long road ahead but with the combined efforts from all agencies and ongoing support from the community we will continue to address and overcome the current situation," he said.

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