Locals on ground to support New England fire fighting efforts

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 Forbes, Parkes, Grenfell and Condobolin have put their hands up to travel to the bushfire-ravaged region over the past two 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.

The Bees Nest fire near Armidale, where Mid Lachlan Valley teams have been, has alone burned out more than 93,000 hectares, destroying seven homes.

RFS NSW assessors have also confirmed crews' efforts across the regions have saved more than 612 homes.

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

While conditions have eased somewhat, Mid Lachlan Valley expects to be sending personnel for another month.

The third western team has hit the ground and with the easing of weather conditions their efforts are seeing the fires contained.