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Fires in Australia

Thursday, 12 February 2009

Type of Event:
Location of Event:
Date of Charter Activation:
Charter Requestor:
USGS on behalf of US Forest Service
Project Management:
USGS Fire Science Program

Description of the event

Bushfires have killed at least 200 people, destroyed more than 1,000 houses and left 5,000 people homeless in south eastern Australia. The United States will be sending 60 wildfire specialists - who will be deployed for up to 35 days - in order to assist the country.