Canada is sending a navy transport aircraft and about 15 navy personnel to assist battle bushfires in Australia.
The Canadian Forces say the CC-177 Globemaster is leaving Monday.
The aircraft and crew are to move hearth retardant from the U.S., unlock Australian airlift capability and take photographs of fires from the air to measure them and predict how they may unfold.
They are going as a part of Operation Renaissance, a standing mission that sends navy assist to different international locations dealing with pure disasters.
Canada has already despatched about 100 firefighters and consultants to Australia to assist fight the fires which have consumed hundreds of thousands of hectares of bush, significantly within the southeastern a part of the nation.
Final week a Canadian-owned air tanker crashed because it dropped a load of fireside retardant in an alpine valley, killing its three American crew.
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