Eurobodalla firefighters deployed to Tumut fires

A EUROBODALLA strike team of RFS firefighters was deployed on Sunday to assist with fires in the Tumut and Tumbarumba areas.

Twenty local fire fighting volunteers headed off in six trucks with Paul Cannon as the strike team leader.

The trucks came from Dalmeny, Broulee, Moruya, Durras, Batemans Bay and Malua Bay fire brigades and are supporting crews in the Tumut area.

“Nice to be in a position to be able to help,” Eurobodalla strike team’s Facebook page said.

RFS Far South Coast team manager John Cullen says the teams are doing well helping with back burning and mopping up in variable country.

He said an abundance of lightning strikes igniting fires in the area threatened farming land and assets as well as forests and plantations.

The volunteers will have three days in the field of hard yakka and are scheduled to arrive home tomorrow (Thursday)

Yesterday afternoon, Deputy Group Captain Mick Marchini was swiftly putting together a replacement crew after receiving an urgent request for continued assistance in Tumut.

Five Narooma firies will leave today, Wednesday, to tag team it with the volunteers who left on Sunday.

Mick said it looked likely that local brigades would also be asked to assist with bush fires down south as well.

According to the RFS all crews have been selected carefully to ensure safe fire fighting capability remains throughout the Eurobodalla.

Additionally, six crews made up of 15 RFS volunteers were assembled from the Bega Valley on the weekend to assist with the fires in the Wagga area.

The cooler weather of the last few days has been a welcome relief to many after smoke engulfed the Far South Coast on Saturday. The smoke had drifted up from the Gippsland fires and a high fire danger rating remained in place.

Friday had been a Total Fire Ban day yet the Tilba Brigade still had to ask four campsites at Mystery Bay to extinguish campfires.

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