Local firefighters help out across the State

WITH fire bans across the State last week, tensions were running high among local CFS volunteers.

Although there were no major incidents in the Naracoorte group area, crews were kept busy with strike teams sent to Ngarkat Conservation Park north of Bordertown to help out Tatiara brigades.

Naracoorte brigade alone had three deployments to the Ngarkat fire, while earlier this week a strike team from region five was also sent to the fires near Melrose in the State's mid north which included firefighters from Naracoorte and Hynam.

Fifteen firefighters from Naracoorte brigade were sent on strike teams - with some deployed twice.

Crews from other Naracoorte and Lucindale group brigades were also sent to Ngarkat.

Naracoorte group officer Shane Francis said the hot and windy conditions last week were not ideal.

"We've been at full alert since Monday," he said last Thursday.

CFS volunteers have been aided across the State, including at Ngarkat, by Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources staff.

State Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation Ian Hunter said with the extreme weather conditions his thoughts were with the firefighting teams. 

"I'm sure I speak for all South Australians when I say best wishes and stay safe to the DEWNR firefighters - indeed all of our State's firefighters," he said.

� The Christmas/New Year break also had its moments for the Naracoorte CFS group.

On December 30 more than 50 firefighters and two water bombers attended a grass and scrub fire at Stewarts Range with crews coming from Naracoorte, Kybybolite and Lucindale to help out.

The fire started at around 3pm and was brought under control at 5pm, with the fire ground monitored overnight by local farm units.

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