South Australia firefighters found themselves a long way from battling a bush fire near Yetman last week.
Since September South Australia has supplied over 600 personnel to the ongoing fires in NSW, just after several hundred traveled to Queensland in August.
They have predominately been based in the Glen Innes and Armidale areas but received a call to relocate to Goondiwindi after a fire, believed to have been caused by a lightning strike, in the Dthinna Dthinnawa National Park.
Crews were based in Goondiwindi for four days.
This included 69 firies and 18 vehicles including 10 heavy tankers, four bulk water carriers, four command cars and their own fleet of mechanical support vehicles with two mechanics and two paramedics on the team.
Jurisdictional Liaison Officer, Commander Brett Loughlin, said with the drought and everything being so dusty the vehicles were needing to be maintained constantly.
"The mechanics are sleeping through the day and then working all night when the vehicles return to the base," he said.
The personnel are from four different agencies including the South Australian Coutry Fire Service, South Australian Metropolitan Fire Service, predominately based in Adelaide, along with the South Australia National Parks and Wildlife Service and South Australia Ambulance.
"It's a pretty significant endeavour," Brett said. "Each team spends a day traveling, three days working and then a day traveling home. So (on Thursday) there will actually be about 180 firies in Goondiwindi as we bring in the changeover crews with the teams flying in and out of Moree on a chartered aircraft."
Brett said over 200ha was burnt in the park with the dry and windy conditions making a significant impact.
He thanked the local crews from Yetman and Boggabilla for assisting on the ground and also the team from Goondiwindi for the significant support they provided.
"I can't stress enough how supportive the community has been of our people and how much we thank everyone for helping us.
"Everyone was very sad to leave."
I can't stress enough how supportive the community has been of our people and how much we thank everyone for helping usJurisdictional Liaison Officer, Commander Brett Loughlin