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BEND, OR -- Three Central Oregon Firefighters are headed to Australia. The three have experience with air operations and one also has incident commander experience. The firefighters are from the Deschutes and Ochocco National Forests and the Bureau of Land Management in Prineville. They are replacing a Canadian team that has timed out after 30 days. More ground firefighters from the Pacific Northwest are expected to head to Australia in coming weeks. The fires in Australia have killed more than 2-dozen people, destroyed more than 12-million acres and have killed millions of animals.

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