Bega Valley firies join fight near Wagga Wagga

A SECOND team of firefighters from the Bega Valley has joined the fight against blazes near Wagga Wagga.

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On Wednesday afternoon, a strike team of Rural Fire Service volunteer firies was sent from the Valley to offer their support.

The team, called South 43, left on Wednesday and will remain in Wagga Wagga until Sunday.

The Valley’s first strike team, South 37, reached Wagga Wagga on Sunday and will return to Bega on Thursday.

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The strike teams consist of 29 firefighters from the Angledale, Pambula, Candelo, Bermagui, Jellat Jellat, Tarraganda, Eden, Wolumla, Merimbula, Burragate, Tanja and Bemboka RFS crews.

Far South Coast district officer Garry Cooper said South 43 will fight the Minnimabah fire, located in the Carabost State Forest.

Carabost State Forest is around 80 kilometres from Wagga Wagga.

“The forest is quite large and there’s around 10,000 plus hectares,” Mr Cooper said.

“There is quite a bit of pine forest.

“South 43 is going to Wagga to assist Wagga local crews.”

Mr Cooper said the Bega Valley firies’ roles will include conducting backburns, and mop up and containment.

He said South 43 team members are looking to “lend a hand”.

“We are giving them a spell, because the fire kicked off hard with a dry lightning storm on Friday,” Mr Cooper said.

In other news, the Rural Fire Service Association (RFSA) Bega Valley branch has offered its support to local firefighters assisting with fires away from this region.

The RFSA is proud of its volunteers involvement, thanking the firies and their families.

The RFSA is happy to try and assist volunteers any way it can.

* Visit www.rfs.nsw.gov.au for details on current fires and incidents as well as vital information on bushfire survival plans.

* Report all fires to 000.

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