Tweed firies assist with Tasmania bushfires
SEVEN volunteer firefighters from the Far North Coast have been assisting in the fight to control devastating bushfires in Tasmania this week.
Far North Coast Rural Fire Service Coordinator Inspector Matt Inwood said the group left from the Gold Coast Airport on Sunday and would return home this Saturday.
More than 123,000 hectares of land has so far been burnt across Tasmania and Insp Inwood said there were still 45 fires burning.
The Far North Coast team has been on the ground, “mopping up” and patrolling the region around Stanley, in the north-west of the state.
Despite some rain on Tuesday, firefighters were still working hard to control the blazes.
“It’s wonderful to have our local people firstly put their hands up to go down and help... and also to see them represent the area down there,” Insp Inwood said.
Insp Inwood said there were 153 personel and 54 vehicles from NSW Rural Fire Service helping with the Tasmanian fires.