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Reinforcements and a feed for Clarence Valley firefighters

RFS Sunday catering team leader Sue Steele and her team were preparing lunch at the Fire Control Centre at Ulmarra on Sunday for 150 fire fighters.
RFS Sunday catering team leader Sue Steele and her team were preparing lunch at the Fire Control Centre at Ulmarra on Sunday for 150 fire fighters. Debrah Novak

CLARENCE Valley firefighters have welcomed the arrival of reinforcements brought in to battle at least 25 blazes across the region.

Around 150 firefighters are working on the ground, including two strike teams from Sydney, with five fixed-wing aircraft plus two water-bombing helicopters in the air.

Deputy incident controller for the Clarence Valley District, inspector Brett Loughlin said the aircraft would be invaluable in targeting hotspots that can't be accessed from the ground.

"And also to gather intelligence to find out what other assets may come under threat and to map out fires," he said, adding additional crews had already been put to work.

"Obviously local crews have been going flat out for a couple of days and having some extra resources is going to be invaluable," he said.

Meanwhile the Clarence Valley District NSW RFS catering unit has also swung into action, starting with lunch preparation on Sunday.

Volunteer Sue Steele was busy making sure firefighters on the front line were well looked after.

"We are packing salad rolls, egg rolls, a different variety of rolls, snack packs, and fruit to go out to the fireline for the crew's lunches," Mrs Steele said yesterday morning.

"We'll do dinner tonight and I'll be here again tomorrow with some of the other workers; we'll change shift for a couple of days depending on how long this thing runs."

Topics:  bushfires, rfs



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