Approximately 20 Australian forest firefighters will be making the journey to Northwestern Ontario to help battle several large forest fires in the region.

“Australian forest fire personnel have arrived in Ontario, and will begin supporting Ontario with an incident management team, which is a group of specialists who manage and look after a forest fire,” said Johnathan Scott Fire Information Officer for the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

The Australians will join 156 fire personnel from other partners provinces, and countries.

The firefighters will be in the region for just over a month, as the firefighters will be working two, 14-day deployment shifts.

The forest fire hazard across the region continues to be high with the hot and dry conditions continuing. As of yesterday, there are 157 active forest fires across the region.