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The National Interagency Fire Center offers our sincere condolences to the families of the Large Airtanker crew who crashed in the Snowy Monaro area in New South Wales on January 23, 2020. Our thoughts are also with Coulson Aviation, other American firefighters, and our emergency service colleagues in New South Wales and throughout Australia who have been affected by this incident.

Every time a wildland firefighting tragedy occurs, the international wildland firefighting community is affected and deeply saddened. The aircraft was a Lockheed C-130Q Hercules, which was contracted to the NSW Rural Fire Service, through the National Aerial Firefighting Centre (NAFC) from Coulson Aviation, also a valued and longstanding wildland firefighting responder in the U.S. We continue to offer assistance to Australia and those affected by this heartbreaking incident.

Learn more about the Australian Mobilization.

United States Sends Additional Fire Crews to Australian Bushfire Response - 01/22/20
Australia, Canada, and NIFC Letter - 01/17/20

NIFC News Release - 01/02/20

NIFC News Release - 12/05/19

Agreement Between the U.S. Departments of Agriculture and the Interior and Australia Concerning the Exchange of Wildland Fire Management Resources

National Significant Wildland Fire Potential Outlook

The "National Significant Wildland Fire Potential Outlook" from the Predictive Services staff at NIFC highlights the potential for wildfires this month. Take a look at the current outlook for the United States.

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