ON CALL: Dorrigo NPWS ranger Tom Denman joins a fire fighting mission as uncontrolled blazes tear across Canada.
ON CALL: Dorrigo NPWS ranger Tom Denman joins a fire fighting mission as uncontrolled blazes tear across Canada.

Dorrigo ranger responds to mission as Canada burns

A DORRIGO park ranger will be working among the best rural firefighters in the world this week as he helps battle hundreds of uncontrolled wildfires tearing across Canada.

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service ranger Tom Denman has been fighting rural fires in Australia for 30 years and last week earned himself a deployment to Canada during the height of its fire season.

More than 16,000sq km have already burned in Canada - about three times the area that is normally burned for this time of year.

Mr Denman was briefed in Sydney last week on the important job ahead, alongside 106 colleagues drawn from the NPWS, NSW Rural Fires Service and Forestry Corporation.

"Tom is now en-route to work within an incident management team based in either the British Columbia or Alberta province," North Coast NPWS regional manager Alan Jeffery said.

"He has a lot to offer the Canadian fire fighting effort during his 38-day deployment."

As of Tuesday, more than 400 wildfires were burning, anywhere between 500ha and 40,000ha in size, with another 20 to 30 starting up every day from lightning strikes.

"Tom will be working in a fire-behaviour analysis role gathering and analysing fire behaviour and weather information," Mr Jeffery said.

"His work will involve prediction of fire behaviour and fire rate of spread.

"This work allows incident management teams to make good decisions on fire control strategies, community warnings and fire fighter safety."



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