Mark uses his skills to fight Canadian fires

FIREFIGHTERS from around Australia are on their way to Canada to help battle fires that have been burning for weeks.

Shoalhaven RFS district manager and aerial firefighting specialist Mark Williams was among the 80 Australians heading abroad this week.

Mr Williams will be in Canada for five weeks working as an air-attack supervisor.

His job will involve long days in the air, monitoring all of the other aircraft as well as weather conditions and fire activity. 

There are more than 250 fires burning across Canada.

The fires have destroyed 200,000 hectares of land, the largest area burnt in the province since the 1950s.

Mr Williams was the incident controller for the Deans Gap bushfire that threatened Shoalhaven homes in 2013 as well as the Wirritin fire later that same year.

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