French President, California Firefighters, Offer To Help Australia Deal With Bushfires
The French President and a California firefighting agency have both offered to send help in dealing with the nation's devastating bushfire crisis.
Emmanuel Macron said he spoke with Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Monday morning to offer aid in dealing with the blazes.
"I called Scott Morrison this morning to offer immediate French operational assistance to fight fires, protect affected population and preserve biodiversity," he wrote on Twitter.
Authorities in Australia are assessing the damage from the most recent fires as cooler conditions provided a temporary respite from blazes that have ravaged parts of the nation for weeks.
Cal Fire, California's main firefighting agency, hs also offered help, with the organisation taking to Twitter to confirm its willingness to help its "Australian brothers and sisters" if asked.
The Australian devastation has been a major news story in the US in the past week and Cal Fire took to Twitter to explain to concerned Californians why it has not deployed to Australia.
"Having experienced firsthand the devastation that wildfires can create, we share your concern about the wildfires currently ravaging Australia and are closely monitoring the situation," Cal Fire said on Twitter.
"While we are ready to lend our support at any moment, it is strategically vital that we do not self-deploy and that we work with the international aide system."
US and Australian firefighting agencies have built strong bonds with exchanges of resources in times of need over the past 15 years.
Australian firefighters helped California when the state faced historic fires in the past two years.
Cal Fire has 6500 employees and the force jumps to 9000 with the addition of seasonal firefighters during the fire season.
"We work closely with our Australian brothers and sisters in the fire service and will continue to foster our relationship and ongoing collaboration," Cal Fire said.
"We stand with the people of Australia who have supported us during our catastrophic wildfires and continue to stand ready to answer their call."
US federal agencies have sent more than 100 firefighters to help so far, including some from California.
- With AAP