TAMWORTH's firefighting stocks have been called on to help battle blazes in the region's north.
Twelve firefighters from the Tamworth 452 and West Tamworth 508 Fire and Rescue NSW units have been deployed to assist in the Glen Innes area.
Some of the Tamworth crew travelled to Glen Innes on Tuesday in order to provide relief to firefighters on the ground.
Acting Zone Commander Wayne Zikan said strike teams had been established in Glen Innes and Armidale and were "ready to be deployed at a moment's notice".
The Fire and Rescue commander said a number of firefighters had been "stood up" at stations in Tamworth and further south in the zone.
He said they were ready to respond and move to wherever they were needed in the coming days.
Acting commander Zikan said it was a substantial response to have so many firies on beck and call at once.
"It is in our area," he said.
"It is the first time we have done that in my time here and that's nearly 20 years.
"It is just a reflection of the remarkable conditions, how dry it is with the high temperatures and strong nor-westerly winds."
With a relatively unprecedented level of support required in the area, the firefighter chief called on the region's employers to be more lenient with staff who are retained firefighters.
Some footage from the fire burning near #Tamworth in the Moonbi hills this afternoon. @NSWRFS has issued a severe fire danger rating in the #NewEngland region for tomorrow. Stay safe and look after each other. #nswfires#NSWbushfires@The_NDLpic.twitter.com/nsWR7EUIcT— Jacob McArthur (@jlmcarthur4) November 12, 2019
"We're asking them to be away for longer than we usually would," he said.
"Given the circumstances, we're going to have to rely on them for a greater period of time and we appreciate their help."