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NSW Rural Fire Service Sutherland Shire volunteers lend a helping hand in bush fires

Firefighters from NSW Rural Fire Service Sutherland Shire are standing by their colleagues inter-state as Queensland battles bush fires.

As the state reels for raging fires in and around the Sunshine Coast region this week, there to lend much-needed support are firies from the shire.

A total of 23 firefighters are returning to Sydney after helping their colleagues tackle flames, evacuate residents and help save properties. A further 17 were deployed on Tuesday to replace them.

Loftus Volunteer Bushfire Brigade also has a crew on ground covering northern NSW to QLD, reporting that they are seeing some of the most significant activity seen in years. Another five members are also heading to Armidale.

Crews have been instrumental in protecting life and property under dry and windy conditions.

Bundeena Senior Deputy Captain and Strike Team Leader Lindsey Flynn has been working in the Drake area.

"We have seen some very challenging fire behaviour with extremely erratic fire and weather to match," he said.

"Crews were engaged in property protection from the outset. While many properties were saved we have received reports of a some losses within our area. Fortunately no one was injured."

Strike Team Leader Todd Gibson from Heathcote headquarters says firies protected nearly every property along Patemans Road in Drake, describing it as "another huge effort in strong winds and low humidity", in "only week two of spring".

Crews are expected to rotate into the foreseeable future until the fires are contained or meaningful rain occurs.

Fire danger is expected to increase early next week which will place pressure on many of the fires burning.

Shire residents have praised the efforts of volunteers on Facebook.

"Thank you for everything those awesome volunteers do, what wonderful humans you are risking your lives for our country so that others can be safe," Jo Garrett said.

"Our awesome firefighters always taking care of us, not just fighting fires, in many other ways too. They are during a great job against these monster fires," Margaret Bruce Eastham said.

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