Illawarra firefighters sent to Coonabarabran

Volunteer firefighters from the Illawarra have been sent to help battle the major bushfire that has been burning in the Warrumbungle National Park, west of Coonabarabran, since Sunday.

Two NSW Rural Fire Service tankers and 22 crew left the Albion Park fire control centre yesterday morning bound for the fire zone.

Illawarra RFS zone manager Superintendent Richard Cotterill said Illawarra crews were now spread across the state.

"We have had volunteers and staff deployed in the Shoalhaven, Dubbo and Cooma areas and we have now deployed resources to Coonabarabran," he said.

"As always we will continue to provide whatever support we can to our colleagues in fire-ravaged communities across the state."

Meantime, two separate appeals have been set up to assist people affected by the fires.

Donations to victims of the Coonabarabran fires can be made to the Warrumbungle Shire Mayor's Bushfire Appeal at any Commonwealth Bank branch, or those wanting to give to NSW RFS firefighters can email their details to donations@rfs.nsw.gov.au and an RFS staff member will be in contact to accept a donation over the phone.

Details of the government assistance available for those affected can be found at emergency.nsw.gov.au/disasterassistance.

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