WITH three huge bushfires in the Blue Mountains threatening to join up, Canobolas volunteer firefighters continue to rush to help affected communities.
The Rural Fire Service (RFS) crews follow four Fire and Rescue NSW firefighters who travelled to Springwood on Thursday to fight the fire in its early stages.
So far 203 homes have been destroyed by the three fires, with a further 111 damaged.
Canobolas RFS Zone assets and infrastructure officer Steve Smith said yesterday there were still 12 local firefighters battling the blazes with more on standby today.
“It will be ongoing over the next few weeks and if the fires do join up it’ll cover most of the Blue Mountains,” he said.
Canobolas Zone Fire Control is the staging point for brigades from western NSW before they are tasked for rapid deployment to fires.
“We’re the forward staging area for deployment and we’ll go when and where required,” Mr Smith said.
Late yesterday the State Mine fire near Lithgow, Mount Victoria and Springwood fires had burnt out 42,751, 1546 and 3060 hectares respectively.
There is a total fire ban across the Canobolas Zone today with no open fires allowed.
People who wish to donate can do so via the Salvation Army on www.salvos.org.au or call the Salvation Army on 13 72 58.
Donations can also be made through Woolworth’s supermarkets, which are acting as agents for the Salvation Army.