2020-02-05

Locals bound for Australia to aid ongoing wildfire battle

by Keith Corcoran

  • <p>Jamie Brown</p>
  • <p>Jacob Penney</p>

Two Nova Scotia Lands and Forestry workers from the South Shore are bound for Australia join the ongoing effort to battle wildfires burning in the country.

Jamie Brown of Queens County, an employee of the Milton office, and Lunenburg County's Jacob Penney, a worker at the Lunenburg office, were among five personnel destined for the commonwealth on February 5.

"They will join a team of 64 other Canadians in Vancouver, departing for the Australian states of New South Wales and Victoria," the province said in a statement announcing a second team of Nova Scotians were heading down under.

The fires in southeast Australia have killed more than 30 people and destroyed more than 3,000 homes over the course of five months. The blazes have killed hundreds of wild animals and consumed five million hectares of vegetation.

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