BC’s Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, Doug Donaldson, said the crash occurred before 1:30pm Australian time. The aircraft was helping fight fires in the Snowy Monaro area in New South Wales.
“The international firefighting community has rallied this year to help Australia during its catastrophic fire season. So far, 45 BC Wildfire Service staff have been deployed to Australia as part of the contingent of 172 Canadian firefighting personnel.” Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development
According to the United Nations Environment Programme, smoke from the Australian wildfires has travelled to New Zealand and parts of South America. The UN said that since September of 2019, approximately 18 million hectares of land have been burned, impacting millions of animals. The UN said fires can also cause mental trauma for victims; loss of power and evacuations caused extreme stress for the impacted communities. Alongside human fatalities, an estimated half a billion animals have perished from the flames.