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Riverina team helps crews up north

By James Bennett

Southern Riverina Rural Fire Service teams are lending a much-needed hand to their fellow firefighters in NSW.

For the past six weeks, almost 20 firefighters in the Southern Border team, including members from Corowa and Tocumwal, have travelled to Long Gully in the state's north east.

Another strike team has been sent near Grafton and it is understood the Mid-Murray team has sent crews as well.

More than 150 homes were destroyed and three people died over the weekend as bushfires continued to burn.

A burnt out car is seen after a bushfires swept through in Torrington, near Glen Innes, Sunday, November 10, 2019. (AAP Image/Dan Peled).

Southern Border Group Captain of Federation Zone Greyd'n Davis said RFS needed as many crews as possible to battle the deadly blazes.

“They're working very hard,” he said.

“The season hasn't started but it should be a timely message to show how quickly a fire can spread.

“Our crews are in for a long season because it probably won't be long before they need to help some of the Victorian crews.

“One of the most experienced members who's up there told me it's one of the worst bushfires he's seen and conditions are very tough.”