Another ten staff from Forest Fire Management Victoria (FFMVic) leave for Sydney today before flying out tomorrow to help fight large blazes across Canada.

FFMVic Chief Fire Officer Stephanie Rotarangi said: “The latest deployment could potentially last 42 days and includes FFMVic staff who will take on specialist roles to support the Canadian firefighting effort.

“This second deployment will join the DELWP and Parks Victoria staff and firefighters from across Australia who are already based in British Columbia,” Ms Rotarangi said.

“These firefighters are now positioned Kamloops, Cache Creek (Elephant Hill fire), Williams Lake and Quesnel.

“The Elephant Hill fire has now exceeded 100,000 hectares and our staff will play an important role in relieving tired crews.

“Canada has also requested a further deployment of arduous firefighters, so it is possible that we will have more firefighters leaving for Canada next week.

"On behalf of Victoria, I would like to thank our skilled staff for taking on this challenging deployment and coming to the aid of the Canadians affected by these fires.”

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