Our Rural Fire Service staff and volunteers have taken their place on the frontline as devastating fires have ravaged vast areas of the country.
Many of the Mid Lachlan Valley Team's staff and volunteers have been on permanent rotation since September, helping out at fires from the Queensland border to the South Coast.
Staff from the Mid Lachlan Valley headquarters in Forbes are currently working at the Tumut, Cooma, and Mudgee fires.
Two local strike teams of volunteers joined efforts in the southern region on Friday ahead of Saturday's anticipated horror conditions and spent the weekend carrying out property protection at Tumut and Adelong.
Another strike team is currently based in the Mudgee/Rylstone area.
Superintendent Ken Neville of the Mid Lachlan Valley Team would like to express his appreciation and thanks to the amazing support from the volunteers from Parkes, Forbes, Weddin and Lachlan council areas who have answered the call and headed off to assist at so many fires over the past few months.
"Your contribution has been amazing," he said.
Given the ongoing drought conditions, the local fire threat remains reduced but Supt Neville thanked the community for remaining vigilant and reporting all incidents to 000.
Local crews were quick to respond to and extinguish some roadside ignitions on the Newell Highway suspected to be accidentally caused by motor vehicles.