Helpers to head home

Helpers to head home

20 February 2007

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New South Wales, Australia — The 108 US firefighters sent to help containVictoria’s summer bushfire crisis will return home this week.

They are the last of the international crews sent to Victoria at the heightof the fire crisis, which began with a series of lightning strikes in easternVictoria on December 1.

The blazes have now been contained, but have razed about 1.2 million hectaresof bush.

Department of Sustainability and Environment chief fire officer Ewan Wallersaid the assistance of the Americans was greatly appreciated through one of thestate’s worst fire seasons.

“The Americans’ commitment and experience has helped us immensely,” hesaid.

“Working alongside DSE and Country Fire Authority crews they have protectedVictorian communities and helped in the rehabilitation and recovery process.”

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