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U.S. firefighters cheered as they arrive in Australia to combat wildfires


American firefighters were met with applause from large crowds as they arrived in Sydney, Australia, to help combat massive wildfires that have burned more through than 12.35 million acres burned nationwide. 

The National Interagency Fire Center, which is organizing the effort, said that “roughly 100 firefighters” had been sent in December and early January. A further 50 to 60 are flying out this week. 

The effort is the first time since 2010 that the United States has sent firefighters to help battle wildfires in Australia, and highlights just how serious the situation is.

At least 1,000 homes have been lost, and thousands have been forced to flee from their homes as evacuation orders are put in place. And according to some estimates, upwards of one billion animals have perished in the fires.