It's going to be a long Summer for our local RFS crews who have been battling blazes in the region.
Rydal Rural Fire Brigade is one of many crews on the front line of the Gospers Mountain fire which has burnt 401,754 hectares and the 2221 hectare Palmers Oaky blaze.
Rydal and Tarana RFS deputy group captain Graham Fletcher said there were crew members "basically living on the fire ground".
"Rydal RFS has been going well and beyond for the last month at several blazes.
"But that's the thing, they're getting tired travelling and we're all struggling," he said.
Mr Fletcher said there had been a lot of pressure on the crew, their families and their jobs.
"My biggest concern is the burnout factor and pressure of getting to work.
"They're putting in the hard slog and this is just the start of Summer, that's what worries me," he said.
He said fatigue was a big factor on the fire ground and he would try to give someone a day off before they came back out.
"We rotate the crew as much as we can to manage fatigue, we send out crews of three to five or stretch to four or a crew of two.
"We've got a limited amount of drivers and crew leaders who need rest too," he said.
"We work as a team, not on our own, we must support each other."
Mr Fletcher said there was still a need for water and assistance to not only Rydal, but all the local brigades.
"We're in the same boat as all of the other brigades in the area
"It's one tough long process.
"We all need assistance." he said.
If you're wanting to help out contact HQ at 4 Silcock St, Lithgow or visit a local brigade shed at Lithgow, Marrangaroo, Bell, Wallerawang, Portland, Hartley, Rydal or Tarana.
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