“Intense” fire: Crews from the Macarthur Rural Fire Service zone have returned from battling the Sampson Flat bushfire in South Australia’s Adelaide Hills.Camden and Campbelltown’s Rural Fire Service volunteers have returned from battling South Australia’s massive Sampson Flat bushfire.
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The second group of volunteers returned late last week and the five trucks and one transport vehicle the Macarthur zone had sent returned on Saturday.

Campbelltown group two officer, Brett Turner, left for South Australia on January 3 and spent the next four days overseeing the strike force on the ground.

He said volunteers from brigades in the Campbelltown, Camden and Liverpool areas put up their hands to help out.

‘‘Our guys went into the field first thing on Sunday morning and they did three daytime shifts from early in the morning through to late in the evening,’’ Mr Turner said.

‘‘Their first job was property protection on multiple houses then trying to contain the fire through backburning.

‘‘They were also heavily involved in mopping up.’’

Mr Turner said the crews worked hard as the fire was ‘‘of a large scale and was intense at times’’.

‘‘[The volunteers] do it out of good will and to bring normalcy back to people,’’ he said.

Macarthur district officer Brendan Doyle said fires in NSW were very similar to those in South Australia, ‘‘it’s the topography that makes fires different’’.

He said the volunteers had acquitted themselves well in South Australia and shown how hard the brigades had trained over the off-season.

‘‘The crews are glad to be home and they’ve gone home for a long deserved rest,’’ Mr Doyle said.

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