A group of 80 Australian firefighters are travelling to Canada to assist authorities battling blazes in British Columbia.
Australian firefighters are travelling to Canada to help local authorities battle summer blazes.
The group of 80 will leave immediately to spend about five weeks in British Columbia where intense conditions have led to a series of wildfires.
Victoria has contributed 50 personnel and others will travel from New South Wales, Queensland, the ACT and South and West Australia.
Victorian Police and Emergency Services Minister Kim Wells said Canadian authorities asked for help during a tough fire season.
“The Canadian Wildfire Management Branch has responded to almost 1000 wildfires so far this season and the hot and dry conditions are set to continue,” he said.
“Our firefighters battle some of the toughest blazes in the world, and recently experienced one of the most challenging summer fires campaigns.
“Their expertise is internationally recognised and needed.”
The Australian group will take on a range of roles including fire behaviour specialists, aircraft coordinators and strike team leaders.
British Columbia staff travelled to Victoria to help during the 2006/07 and 2009 fire seasons.