IT'S taken a small army of firefighters to tackle the Minnimbah bushfire and those in Tumbarumba, Humula and other surrounding communities have been working just as hard to ensure all the troops are well-nourished and ready for action.
The Daily Advertiser visited the Tumbarumba Bowling Club yesterday, where food had been coming in from all over town to send to firefighters both at the Minnimbah blaze at Carabost and the Moombril fire at Jingellic.
A shipment that had filled an entire cool room at the club had just been sent out to the fire grounds as we arrived, but within minutes the club was overflowing with sandwiches, meat and salads as the entire town got behind the Rural Fire Service volunteers.
Club manager Leisa Bradley said the response to the effort had been phenomenal.
"The community has been amazing," she said.
"We've had donations from shops and the public of water, cakes, sandwiches, everything."
The club also served as an evacuation centre for a family who had to leave their property in the heart of the fire zone at Carabost on Sunday evening.
They spent a nervous night at the club before being able to return home mid-morning yesterday.
Over in Humula at the village's Sports Club, a mammoth operation was also underway to provide food for the firefighters toiling away to the south, with numerous volunteers also chipping in to ferry it over to crews.