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Valley RFS crews deployed to Narrabri fires

Lynne Mowbray Over the last few weeks the Rural Fire Service [RFS] has deployed several brigades from around the Clarence Valley to assist with bush fires around Tamworth and Narrabri. Superintendent Stuart Watts, District Manager for NSW RFS Clarence Valley said that a total of around 30 fire fighters from a dozen brigades around the valley have so far been deployed. “The last deployment of three trucks and 12 personnel left on Thursday, 25 January, to assist with the Scrub Creek fire near Tamworth,” he said. Mr Watts said that around the Clarence Valley there have been a few bush fires which were easily contained; however things are drying out. “Permits are still required to light fires,” Mr Watts said. “To obtain a permit, people need to contact their local brigade or contact the Clarence Valley Fire Control Centre on 6644 5135. “We’d also like to encourage the public to download the “Fires Near Me” app to keep updated on local fire activity,” he said.   Image Caption: Main: Clarence Valley RFS members cutting a fire containment line in the hills on the fire ground in 37 degree heat, no breeze. This job is usually done by bull dozers. Below: Clarence Valley RFS crews returning home on Australia Day from the Narrabri fires proudly flew the Australian flag. Pictured is the RFS crew from Halfway Creek. Images: Contributed.