The Yarrowitch BlazeAid Camp is all set up, and local farmers have registered for help, but to date, only two volunteers have turned up.
At a meeting in Yarrowitch Hall, last Tuesday evening BlazeAid Camp coordinator Greg Kirkham said the shock no-show was probably due to the unprecedented pressure on BlazeAid Camps and their volunteers.
"When we arrived to set up camp last week we were going to be the 16th BlazeAid Camp," he said. "We are now 23rd."
Historically within three days of advertising a BlazeAid Camp anywhere between 50 to 100 volunteers arrive - the majority of which are retirees - a demographic also known in the tourism trade as 'grey nomads'.
So far the only volunteers to come to the Yarrowitch camp are a young couple from Arizona, California who are on a two-week Australian holiday.
we decided we wanted to do something to help while we were hereMarek Smolinski
Marek and Lisa Smolinski both work in the finance industry and have just spent a year in New Zealand.
"I have friends in California who have lost their homes to fire and when we heard about these fires we decided we wanted to do something to help while we were here," Mr Smolinski said.
Yarrowitch property owners Louise Clarke and Erica Halliday applied for a BlazeAid Camp in the weeks after the destruction of the Blomfield Road community last November, however as a result of subsequent fires in the Walcha area around Nowendoc and Moona Plains the strike team is available to help anyone in the shire who has had infrastructure affected by fire.
So far thirteen farmers have registered for assistance, and three locals have offered to work with the visiting BlazeAid volunteers - when they arrive.
"No fencing skills are required as you will be working alongside the property owner, and you can volunteer for one day or a week - it's up to you," Mr Kirkham said.
"All fencing materials, camp food and supplies will be purchased locally to boost the town's economy."
BlazeAid will also accept any donations of food, materials and money. A large quantity of corflute for temporary signage around the camp and on property is urgently required as are trailers and a washing machine.
For more information on volunteering or to register your property call Yarrowitch Camp admin coordinator Lorraine Hildred on 0457 235 270
BlazeAid is a volunteer-based organisation that works with families and individuals in rural Australia after natural disasters such as fires and floods. Working alongside the rural families, volunteers help to rebuild fences and other structures that have been damaged or destroyed.