More help from North America arrives in Australia

At least 40 additional fire personnel and several Meteorologists traveled across the equator recently

United States Incident Meteorologists in Australia
United States Incident Meteorologists in Australia.

Several dozen more firefighters and support personnel from North American arrived in Australia at the end of last week to assist in the bushfire campaigns that have been ongoing in the western part of the country for weeks. Earlier this month Canada and the United States each sent 21 firefighters. Those were followed up around December 20 with another 30 from Canada and 9 from the United States. In addition “several ” Incident Meteorologists from the U.S. are in the country to help provide weather forecasts for the firefighters.

The U.S. National Interagency Fire Center reported December 20 that a total of 33 personnel had been deployed from the U.S. to Australia. (UPDATE: on December 27 NIFC revised that number to 32.)

Canada firefighters in Australia assist
Thirty fire personnel from Canada arrived in Australia December 20. Photo: @NSWRFS
U.S. fire personnel in Australia
U.S. fire personnel in Australia December 20, 2019. Photo: @NSWRFS

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.

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