Canadian Firefighters Will Miss Christmas To Help Fight Australian Bushfires

A Canadian Wildfire Service firefighter uses a torch to ignite dry brush while conducting a controlled burn in British Columbia Canada

A Canadian Wildfire Service firefighter uses a torch to ignite dry brush while conducting a controlled burn in British Columbia Canada

Australian officials submitted an official request to the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre on Friday.

Canada's British Colombia Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development Doug Donaldson described the Canadian firefighters' willingness to leave their families during the holiday season as a testament to their dedication and professionalism.

Donaldson says the B.C. Wildfire Service members headed to Australia are all in supervisory roles including directors who prepare plans and oversee the allocation of heavy equipment.

A group of 21 firefighters were selected and will gather in Vancouver on Tuesday before flying to Sydney for what an expected for a 38-day deployment.

A fire spreads in a bushland near Kioloa, New South Wales, Australia, Dec. 3, 2019.

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Canadian firefighters (pictured) will give up Christmas with their families to help Australian firefighters cope with NSW's devastating blazes.

The crack team has answered Australia's call for help during what's expected to be a unsafe bushfire season.

Eastern Australia has experienced fatalities, property loss and destruction of large areas of New South Wales and Queensland due to an early and severe fire season. More than 50 homes were damaged or destroyed, and 13 firefighters were injured overnight by catastrophic wildfires across Australia's most populous state.

"We greatly appreciate their assistance during those hard years, and we welcome the opportunity to help out our Australian friends now", Donaldson said.

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