CANADIAN FIREFIGHTERS HEAD TO AUSTRALIA TO BATTLE MAJOR FIRES

Dec 30, 2019

By Christine Ross

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Canada is lending a helping hand to fight devastating forest fires in Australia.

Fifteen Canadians left Monday for Queensland and another 21 will leave Saturday headed to New South Wales. Stephen Tulle with the Winnipeg-based Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre says Canada will continue to offer assistance as long as it is requested and volunteers can be found. Ten people have died as wildfires rage through drought ravaged areas of eastern and southern Australia. The massive bushfires are being fuelled by record-breaking temperatures and months of severe drought. In the worst-affected state, New South Wales, fires have burned more than 4 million hectares destroying more than 900 houses.

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