More Kiwi firefighters heading to help Australia

Firefighters off to Australia. Photo / Michael Cunningham
Firefighters off to Australia. Photo / Michael Cunningham

Another 22 New Zealand firefighters will head to Australia this afternoon to help fight the Victoria bushfires.

The announcement follows the deployment of 44 firefighters to relieve Australian fires in the Gippsland area.

National Rural Fire Authority operations manager Gary Lockyer said Victoria is experiencing a difficult fire season, with two major fires burning and a number of smaller fires in the west of the state.

"Like our deployment last week, today's team is drawn from the forestry sector and from the Department of Conservation. They are all well qualified and keen to help their Australian colleagues."

Each team will spend at least two weeks away.

Mr Lockyer said New Zealand has the capacity to send more firefighters if they are requested, without it impacting on the resources available to deal with any rural fires here.

In January, 13 firefighters were sent to help fight bushfires in remote areas of Tasmania.

- nzherald.co.nz

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