BLAZEAID has moved into Gippsland are calling for volunteers to help farmers rebuild after the recent devastating fires.
The organisation, started by Kilmore East farmers Kevin and Rhonda Butler after the 2009 Black Saturday fires, has set up in Maffra to rebuild fences destroyed the Gippsland blaze.
According to the Department of Primary Industries the Gippsland Aberfeldy-Donnellys, which was still burning, damaged 480km of fences with two farmers losing more than 50km each.
Gippsland BlazeAid coordinator Angus Guild said they arrived in Maffra last Saturday and expect to be in the region for up to three months.
"We are chasing volunteers and also farmers who want their fences cleaned up or new fences built," Mr Guild said.
"A lot of farmers don't insure their fences or have minimal insurance."
Mr Guild, who hails from Brisbane helped with the 2009 Black Saturday fire recovery, has worked on number of flood events including at Charlton in 2011.
He said BlazeAid volunteers were not just there to fix fences and sometimes became someone for fire or flood affected farmers to talk to.
"If a famer wants to talk I tell (the volunteers) to drop tools and talk to them," Mr Guild said.
Another volunteer Tony Cooke, of Macedon, was on his fourth stint with BlazeAid and said it was one of the most rewarding things he had ever done.
"I retired when I was 70 and started doing this work and I didn't realise how much you can get from volunteering," he said.
"People just appreciate it so much . . . it's really worthwhile."
BlazeAid is also working in fire-affected regions of Tasmania and NSW.
Those who want to volunteer or donate equipment should visit www.blazeaid.com or contact Angus Guild on 0427 769 973 or email email@example.com.