After a six-week hiatus, Blaze Aid is returning to the Upper Murray to assist farmers whose bushfire recovery has been slowed by the global coronavirus pandemic.
Blaze Aid president Kevin Butler said farmers in need of fencing repair assistance should contact the organisation this week, with work to begin in the Walwa and Jingellic region on July 13.
Mr Butler said COVID-19 had slowed recovery and taken a toll on farmers and landholders already devastated by the Black Summer bushfires.
"It's enormously hindered [recovery], our volunteer numbers slipped from 1500 to 300 to 400 a day throughout Australia," he said.
"That makes a massive difference but we're working through as best as we can.
"Like everyone, it's been hell with COVID-19, but we haven't had to stop any bases expect Corryong for six weeks. Every other one, bar one in SA had kept going."
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Under the guide of new coordinators, the Upper Murray Blaze Aid effort will restart with camp at the Walwa recovery centre at the football ground.
Mr Butler said volunteers should attend the football ground before 7.30am on July 13 or contact Blaze Aid.
He said they have the tools, equipment and labour to help farmers in need.
"We don't know how long we'll be there, it could be months, it all depends on how much work there is to do," he said.
"I know at least 20 to 30 [farms] need help in the area.
"We're expecting to put a couple of hundred-thousand dollars of help into the local area."
Mr Butler said volunteers need to show they had tested for negative to COVID-19 being taking part in the recovery effort and social distancing was required
Upper Murray resident Janice Newnham previously told The Border Mail the best way Border residents could help was to roll up their sleeves and volunteer.
"I would encourage anyone who really wants to help bushfire recovery to volunteer and to come up and spend a weekend with us in the Upper Murray and trudge along fence lines and pull some wires," she said.
"It'a actually quite therapeutic. It's hard work, but it's therapeutic."
Farmers or volunteers looking for more information should contact 0402 081 958.