Glen Innes Fire crews bolstered by inter-state volunteers, rain

FIRE AND FURY: Fire crews fought the season's third emergency blaze outside Tenterfield this week. Picture: Glen Innes Fire and rescue station 302
FIRE AND FURY: Fire crews fought the season's third emergency blaze outside Tenterfield this week. Picture: Glen Innes Fire and rescue station 302

Glen Innes fire-fighting teams have been bolstered by dozens of inter-state volunteers with today's rain failing to end the need for fire containment efforts through the New England.

Local teams have been reinforced by 58 South Australian firefighting personnel, two from the Northern Territory and a Victorian.

But an RFS spokesperson said they didn't have a crystal ball to know where the next emergency blaze will strike.

Tenterfield has already faced four emergency level fires in 2019, with a blaze near Busbys Flat claiming two lives and dozens of homes.

"It's a little bit of crystal ball gazing as to what will happen into the future," he said.

Fire crews protect homes near Tenterfield. Picture: Glen Innes fire and rescue station 302

Fire crews protect homes near Tenterfield. Picture: Glen Innes fire and rescue station 302

What we do know is that we are getting into the fire season proper. It's fairly unprecedented the number of incidents that we have had so far this early in the season.

"The season is a long way from being over yet. People should not be complacent. They need to have a bush fire survival plan, they need to communicate that with their family, they need to know where they're going to go should there be an event."

He said today's little spattering of rain is not one of the "event-stopping occurrences" and the fires will go on.

"Service will be here doing what it needs to do for as long as it needs to do it until those fires are extinguished."

He said it is likely that communities in NSW will face more fires this season.

RFS volunteers are living on Glen Innes's Mead park.

RFS volunteers are living on Glen Innes's Mead park.