TWENTY remote area firefighters from Gippsland - including some from Bendoc - returned home on Monday after spending close to a week fighting the bushfires in New South Wales.
The crews from the Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) and Parks Victoria in Bendoc, Orbost, Mallacootta and Cann River had been fighting the State Mine fire in the Blue Mountains.
Crew leader Darryl Burns said the team has been working in remote areas on the border of the Blue Mountains and Wollemi National Parks.
“We have been working in an area that is only accessible by helicopter, right near the fire, building control lines by hand, in steep and challenging terrain,” he said.
“The crew has been working hard under difficult conditions and I’m exceptionally proud of them and happy to lend a hand to our NSW colleagues in a time of need.”
Around 650 Victorian firefighting personnel from DEPI, Parks Victoria, CFA and MFB have assisted with the fires in NSW and most have now returned home.
Local personnel from various other firefighting agencies in the Bombala district have also assisted in the NSW fires.