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NZ & NSW firies support Vic fires
Specialist forest firefighters have arrived from New South Wales and New Zealand to assist local crews working on the Harrietville-Alpine North and South fires in remote bush.
Given there are still weeks of hot, dry weather expected this fire season, Victoria sought assistance from our interstate and NZ counterparts last week.
This is part of a statewide resource management plan which has maximised the use of available skilled Victorian firefighters, and identified specialist support from NZ and NSW.
More than 80 NZ and NSW firefighters will be working with Victorian crews, controlling active fire and establishing control lines in remote areas and deep seated bushland.
The extra support will ensure we are able to continue working on the current fires as well as deal with any new fires that may start across the state.
It has been a long, hot summer for the DSE, CFA, MFB and Parks Victoria firefighters who have done a great job responding to and supporting significant fire activity across the state.
At the moment there are thousands of fire agency personnel dealing with fires throughout Victoria.
This specialist assistance comes as we learn the tragic news of the death of two DSE firefighters on the Harrietville-Alpine North fire-ground. DSE has been in contact with both the families of these young firefighters, and our thoughts are with their family, their friends and their colleagues during this difficult time.
Images by Keith Pakenham - CFA