Australia, New Zealand firefighters arrive in US

Aug 24, 2015 1:47 PM by News Staff

About 70 firefighters from Australia and New Zealand have arrived in Boise, Idaho, and are scheduled to receive protective gear Monday before heading out to fight fires burning in the West.

The international firefighters are joining efforts in the U.S. because resources are stretched thin due to the number and severity of fires burning across several states.

Separately in Idaho, firefighters planned to hold and secure fire lines against a group of fires burning in timber a couple miles from the northern Idaho town of Kamiah.

The blazes have destroyed 42 homes and scorched about 72 square miles but nearly 800 firefighters have them 45 percent contained.

Idaho had 16 large fires Monday, the most in the nation.


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