UPDATE: Australia wildfire event in Penticton cancelled

Mike Bridson has been fighting the fires in Australia, and returns to help more later this month

Update Jan. 21:

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the presenter, Mike Bridson, is unable to make the event and it has been cancelled.

ALERT is requesting that people still interested in supporting Australia with their wildfires attend the Slackwater Australia Day fundraiser for their fire departments later this week.

The Australia Day fundraiser runs from 3 p.m. until 11 on Jan. 26, and features live music, a silent auction, and more.

Original Story:

The Animal Lifeline Emergency Response Team is inviting the public to join them on Tuesday, Jan. 21 at Slackwater Brewing.

Air Attack – Australia will present an overview of aerial firefighting with local pilot Mike Bridson.

An assistant chief pilot with the Coulson Group, Bridson has been fighting the fires in Australia, and will be returning to continue firefighting later this month.

Read More: Okanagan animal response team wants to help you prep for wildfire season

The presentation begins at 7 p.m. and runs until 9 p.m.. With the fires currently burning in Australia, this will be an opportunity to meet with someone who has firsthand experience of the situation.

Since September 2019, the fires in Australia have burned down more 2,000 homes, killed at least 26 people, and ravaged more than 10.7 million hectares or close to 10 times the size of the 2018 B.C. wildfires.

Admission is free and the public is invited to attend to see how and why aerial firefighting is important in modern times.

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