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  • Writer's pictureKyle Sooley-Brookings

Death Toll From Australia Fires Hits 24

Australia is still contending with the worst wildfires in decades.

Across the country, at least 24 people have died as a result of the fires.

The wildfires have already consumed 5 million hectares of land, and have been swallowing up homes and anything else in their path.

Four deployments for a total of 87 Canadian firefighters were sent through the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre. It was the first time that Canadian personnel have been deployed to Australia since 2009.

Over 50 New Zealanders were deployed to Australia in both direct fire fighting and support roles.

United States personnel were deployed to Australia for the first time, while Australian firefighters have provided support to the US on occasions over two decades.

The Australian Government has also deployed 3,000 army reservists to help fight the out of control fires.


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