Almost 80 Kiwi firefighters now helping battle Australia bushfires as 21 more cross the ditch today

21 November 2019

Published https://www.tvnz.co.nz/


AUSTRALIA/NEW ZEALAND – More New Zealand firefighters leave the country today, on their way to Queensland to continue the battle against wildfires burning there.

This afternoon will see a crew of 21 join efforts in the state, replacing a group that will be coming home to New Zealand on Sunday.

They replace the firefighters who were the first group to be deployed to Australia on 12 November.

From this Sunday there will be 77 New Zealand firefighters in Australia helping to fight wildfires.

The crew includes firefighters from around the country, including Taranaki, Wellington, Coromandel and Canterbury.

Large wildfires have been raging in both New South Wales and Queensland for the past 10 weeks.

As of today, there are 57 wildfires in Queensland and 68 in New South Wales.

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