Local fire fighters have returned home after responding to the urgent calls for help last week as bushfires burnt out of control devastating hundreds of hectares of land in the Blue Mountains and further south in the Deua National Park.
Tired after exhausting stretches on duty, but pleased that they were able to contribute to the firefighting effort in such a positive way, local firefighters returned safe and well to their families at the weekend.
On Monday, October 21, local firefighters from Pambula, Bega and Bemboka left the area in three trunks in response to the call for assistance and as part of the largest mobilisation of fire officers and trucks in the history of Fire and Rescue NSW.
Peter Reynolds, captain of the Pambula Rural Fire Service (RFS) and Nicole Cooper, of the Merimbula RFS were part of a group of 11 local firefighters who responded to the call for help.
On their return from the frontline they have warned of the dangers we face from a fire season that has started earlier than usual.
Both local volunteers issued stark warnings for the Bega Valley saying that the bush was very dry.
Mr Reynolds said: “People need to be very cautious. Don’t be tempted to light anything. There are now no fire permits in the Bega Valley and unless there is substantial rain I can’t see that changing.”
Ms Cooper agreed: “I think it’s going to be a very, very busy and challenging season for all the firefighters in the local area because of the fuel loads in the local area and shortage of rainfall and continuing hot conditions.
“Local fire control centres are on their toes and fantastically organised and a lot of local brigades will stand up at the shed on high fire danger days,” she said.