Locals support New England fire fight on the frontline

Firefighters from the Mid Lachlan Valley are flying out every five days to help fight the devastating New England bushfires.

Rural Fire Service staff and volunteers from Parkes, Forbes, Grenfell and Condobolin have put their hands up to travel to the bushfire-ravaged region over the past two or more weeks, as emergency conditions have continued.

Local teams have been engaged in frontline firefighting efforts to save homes, Mid Lachlan Valley Operations Officer Beth Slender said on her return to Forbes.

The word "unprecedented" has been used a lot in coverage of these fires, Ms Slender said, and it is the only word to describe the fires' progression in dry and windy but freezing conditions.

Ms Slender was based in Glen Innes, working as a Response Team Coordinator looking after a western strike team - that's five heavy fire fighting tankers with 17 to 25 people.

At peak, the three people sharing Ms Slender's role were looking after the welfare of 17 strike teams.

The mountainous terrain they're heading into could hardly be more different to the grassland firefighting our western region volunteers, predominantly farmers and miners, are used to.

"We're sending two strike teams a week from region west, that includes volunteers and staff," she said.

From the Mid Lachlan Valley Fire Control Centre Cameron Bird is working on the Major Incident Coordination team out of the State Operations Centre in Sydney, Jock Corcoran took Beth's place at Armidale and Gus Nielsen is also on duty up north.

The work is intense, with two days allowed for travelling each team spends three days on the ground.

"Typically when we have a Section 44 fire, you have a big day on day 1," Ms Slender said, explaining the initial efforts to save property and establish a base for firefighters usually happens then.

"We're still seeing day 1 conditions on day 8, day 10," Ms Dalton said.

The rapidly expanding fire ground has meant that not only are firefighters still frantically working to save property days into the fires, coordinators such as Ms Slender are working to find new places for them to sleep and eat.

NSW RFS said cooler conditions had been very welcome, with light rain across the major firegrounds.

The Bees Nest Fire received the most rain but it was not sufficient to extinguish the blaze.

Firefighters are taking advantage of the cooler conditions to strengthen containment lines ahead of expected warmer weather in the next few days.

The third team from Mid Lachlan Valley is now due home and the district expects to continue to send staff and volunteers to support efforts for another month.

The Bees Nest fire near Armidale, where Mid Lachlan Valley teams have been, has alone burned out more than 94,000 hectares, destroying seven homes.

Across NSW, the NSW RFS confirmed losses from the fires are:

26 homes destroyed, 13 damaged, 612 in the direct area saved;

Six facilities destroyed, two damaged and 51 saved; and

77 outbuildings destroyed, 50 damaged, 545 saved.

Locally, the Bushfire Danger Season will begin on October 1 and continue until March 31. While the danger period was extended in other regions, local authorities say the dry winter means there is little fuel on the grasslands here.

If you are planning to light a fire in the open during this time, you will need a permit. You also need to monitor weather conditions and whether a total fire ban or no burn day have been declared.

East Parkes Rural Fire Brigade continues monitoring a large hay and tyre fire that ignited on a property on the Henry Parkes Way last Tuesday.

Mid Lachlan Valley RFS expected the quantity of material still smoldering to require observation for about a week, depending on the weather conditions.