Parkes RFS staff, volunteers join New England firefighting efforts

RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons shared this photo thanking western region volunteers, including Forbes' Beth Dalton (back row fifth from left) and Parkes' Jesse Humphries (front, second from right) for their work at the enormous Bees Nest fire.
RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons shared this photo thanking western region volunteers, including Forbes' Beth Dalton (back row fifth from left) and Parkes' Jesse Humphries (front, second from right) for their work at the enormous Bees Nest fire.

Members of the Mid Lachlan Valley Rural Fire Service are helping fight the devastating New England fires.

The first of the locals flew out to Glen Innes earlier this week and have returned, teams are heading out every few days.

From there they're being deployed to wherever they are needed, local Superintendent Ken Neville said.

Numerous fires are burning in the wider New England region.

Fierce winds earlier in the week fanned devastating blazes: the Bees Nest fire had burned out more than 75,600 hectares by Wednesday afternoon.

Further north at Drake, more than 43,400 hectares had been destroyed.

RFS staff Beth Dalton, Jock Corcoron and Angus Neilsen have put their hands up to be part of the firefighting effort, along with volunteers from Forbes, Parkes, Condobolin and Grenfell.

Supt Neville said conditions had eased with lighter winds mid-week, but were expected to intensify with another change expected to come through with more winds.

He's expecting the Mid Lachlan Valley's assistance to be ongoing, with teams coming and going as long as they are needed.

Only significant rain will bring real relief in the region, he added.