Seven more firefighters from Alberta Wildfire left on Saturday to help battle the intense fires in Australia.
By Monday, 34 Alberta firefighters will have been deployed since Dec. 3.
definitely feel proud to represent Alberta and Canada,” said Rob
Anderson, a wildfire air attack officer with Alberta Wildfire. “All I
can do is rely on my past training and experience and be confident that I
can do the job.”
who is headed to New South Wales for 38 days, is no stranger to large
blazes. He worked on the Fort McMurray fire in 2016 and the Slave Lake
fire in 2011, coordinating airspace and water bombing the flames.
“I know they’re going through a tough time so I’m just going to do my best to have some empathy,” said Anderson.
As of Saturday, 23 people have died and more than five million hectares have burned due to the widespread fires.
Scott Morrison criticized for slow response, previous remarks on climate change
The Associated Press · Posted: Jan 05, 2020 3:36 PM ET | Last Updated: January 5
Cooling temperatures and calmer winds brought some relief
Sunday to Australian communities raked by wildfires, but the heat stayed
on Prime Minister Scott Morrison to accept responsibility for the
crisis and take action.
“There has been a lot of blame being
thrown around,” Morrison said at a news conference. “And now is the time
to focus on the response that is being made. … Blame doesn’t help
anybody at this time and over-analysis of these things is not a
announced Saturday that he would dispatch 3,000 army, navy and air
force reservists to help battle the fires. He also committed $20 million
Australian ($18 million Cdn) to lease fire-fighting aircraft from
But the moves did little to tamp down the criticism that he had been slow to act, even as he has downplayed the need for his government to address climate change, which experts say played a key role in supercharging the blazes.
Government announces call-up of army reservists to support firefighters
Thomson Reuters · Posted: Jan 03, 2020 9:49 AM ET | Last Updated: January 3
were burning dangerously out of control on Australia’s east coast on
Saturday, fuelled by soaring temperatures and strong winds that had
firefighters battling to save lives and property.
have said conditions could be worse than New Year’s Eve on Tuesday, when
out-of-control fires forced thousands of residents and summer
vacationers to seek refuge on beaches as the flames burned massive
tracts of land.
government announced an unprecedented call-up of army reservists to
support firefighters as well other resources including a third navy ship
equipped for disaster and humanitarian relief.
beginning to deteriorate quickly on NSW (New South Wales) southern
firegrounds,” the Bureau of Meteorology said in a tweet.
“Heat and wind are building which is increasing fire activity.”
In South Australia, two people died on Kangaroo Island, a popular holiday spot not far off the coast, taking the national fire toll this week to 12. Twenty-one people remain unaccounted for in Victoria, down from 28 reported missing Friday.