Farmers affected by North Black Range Fire urged to register

Local Land Services loading fodder relief bound for the North Black Range fireground. Photo supplied.
Local Land Services loading fodder relief bound for the North Black Range fireground. Photo supplied.

Help is at hand for land managers affected by the North Black Range fire who require emergency fodder, livestock or domestic animal assessment.

People are urged to call the Agriculture and Animal Services Hotline on 1800 814 647 to register and have their applications assessed.

Calls for assistance will be received by the Agriculture and Animal Services Functional Area (AASFA), which is made up of Local Land Services, NSW Department of Primary Industries and other supporting organisations such as RSPCA.

The service helps ensure animal welfare during a bushfire emergency.

Staff will be on the ground assisting communities affected by the North Black Range fire to manage animal welfare-related issues. These include emergency fodder and stock water animal assessment and veterinary assistance, stock euthanasia and burial, livestock feeding and management advice care of animals in evacuation centres.

A fodder distribution point will be established locally and land managers eligible for support will be notified once their assessment is complete.

The fire west of Braidwood has burnt out more than 25,500 hectares. While conditions eased overnight, activity was expected to pick up overnight. The RFS said backburning was planned on Wednesday night on the fireground's southeastern aspect.

Two Rapid Relief water tankers have been deployed to the fires.

Two Rapid Relief water tankers have been deployed to the fires.

Meantime, the Rapid Relief Team (RRT) has deployed two 21,000 litre water tankers to provide a quick refill for fire trucks battling out-of-control fires in North Black Range near Canberra and in the Katoomba region.

RRT, the charitable arm of the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church, were called in to support the fire front last Friday and have since provided 50,000 litres to firies over the weekend.

Chairman Ron Arkcoll said they were glad to support "frontline heroes" who were working overtime to get these fires under control.

"It was a no-brainer for us - as soon as we got the call our volunteers and tankers were ready to go to support the emergency operation on the fire front," Mr Arkcoll said.

"Firefighters can quickly run out of water when fighting on the front line, and when every second counts, the RRT water tanks helped bring water to the firies so they didn't have to waste time pumping.

"The conditions out there are tough. We see how stretched our emergency services are, so we are pleased to able to be able to help out by deploying our tankers to help refill the trucks.

"This is particularly the case given that a shortage of access to water is in some area hampering efforts to attack the fires."

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