Australia remains in severe distress amid the bushfire crisis.
The extremely widespread and devastating fires across Australia have resulted in the deaths of more than 25 people, destroyed thousands of homes and have burned more than 5 million hectares of land. A State of Emergency was declared by the New South Wales Government last month.
Jeff Avery is a fire inspector here in Cochrane and weighs in on the devastation abroad, he says "Everything is going wrong for them. I couldn't imagine fighting bushfires when it's high 40-degree weather and high winds. The extreme heat and limited water supply, it's just so hard to fathom what they're going through right now. I have seen a lot of fires but nothing comes close to the magnitude that they're seeing right now."
Jeff Avery looks back at the wildfire evacuation that took place back in 2016 in Fort McMurray. It was the largest wildfire evacuation in Alberta's history with upwards of 88,000 people forced from their homes. Avery says that devastation was something Albertans won't ever forget. Avery goes on to say that while the Cochrane Fire Services haven't been asked for support at this time, they would be willing to help however possible.
So far over 30 Firefighters from Alberta have been sent to Australia to help with the devastation.