Coloradans helping fight devastating brush fires in Australia

  • Source: KDVR-TV FOX 31 Denver
  • Published: 01/06/2020 09:43 PM

Coloradans are heading to Australia to help combat the historic wildfires torching much of the country. A spokesperson with the U.S. Forest Service says 74 firefighters have already gone to Australia as part of an interagency response. Eight are from Colorado. "We are sending the very best that we have to help fight the fires and suppress the fires that they have there," said Vanessa Lacayo with the U.S. Forest Service. Lacayo says the firefighters are spread across New South Wales and Victoria and are filling roles from general command to aviation specialists. They're working in 30-35 day rotations and it's possible more firefighters could follow. "It's been really concerning. It's quite shocking and you feel helpless here," said James Waddell, Honorary Consul for Australia.


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