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Instead of being home for the holidays, Canadian firefighters head to Australia to battle wildfires

As deadly bushfires continue to burn across Australia, a delegation of Canadian wildfire experts has embarked on a month-long trip to aid in the country's crisis.

The group of 21 wildfire suppression experts left Vancouver on Tuesday and are not expected to return until early January, meaning they will be thousands of miles away from home for the holidays.
The contingent is responding to calls for aid by Australia's National Council for Fire and Emergency Services, known as AFAC.

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