A group of Queensland firefighters is flying to Indonesia to help fight wild bushfires burning out of control in remote parts of Sumatra. Six firefighters left Brisbane Airport this morning.
They will join a national team that includes a Queensland Parks and Wildlife officer.
Fire and Rescue Service Commander John Cowcutt says the mission will be dangerous, but he is confident the experienced crew will provide vital assistance to the locals.
“The fires are burning over a very wide area in quite hilly and rugged terrain, there’s over 300 of them and the remote access is very difficult for us,” he said.
“We’ll be using a combination of aircraft as well as four wheel drives to get in and also just to talk to the population with regards to any risk to life and property.”