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California has requested help from Australia and Canada to help tackle huge wildfires the state is struggling to contain.
Governor Gavin Newsom said the fires, which have consumed an area equivalent in size to Rhode Island, “are stretching our resources, our personnel”, requiring help from other states and countries.
“We simply haven’t seen anything like this in many, many years,” said Newsom, who has requested assistance from what he called “the world’s best wildfire-fighters” in Australia, a country that itself experienced enormous wildfires earlier this year.
Help from Canada and 10 other US states is also heading to California. Extra firefighters and aircraft began arriving on Friday, to help weary crews battling some of the largest blazes in state history and as weekend weather threatened to renew the advance of flames that have killed six and incinerated hundreds of homes.
Some 560 wildfires were burning throughout the state. Many were small and remote but the bulk of damage was from three clusters of blazes ravaging forest and rural areas in the wine country and San Francisco Bay Area.
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