Australia fires

Ocean Pet Supplies in Ucluelet has a wee fundraiser underway as well; partial proceeds from these stuffed koala and kangaroo pet toys will be donated to help Australia’s animals. (Nora O’Malley photo)

West Coast fundraising for Australian wildfires

ā€œIā€™m super excited for everyone to come together and have the best fun we can have.ā€


The Lockheed C-130 converted aerial firefighting tanker, owned by Coulson Aviation, crashed while fighting bushfires in New South Wales, Australia on Jan. 23, 2020. (FLIGHTAWARE PHOTO)

Investigators in wildfire-torn Australia head to site of B.C. airtanker crash

The B.C. government sends condolences to Port Alberni-owned Coulson Aviation


The first group of Canadians that went over to fight the country’s 2019-2020 wildfires were from B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and various federal parks. (Courtesy of Kevin Cochrane)

‘We could see fire all over the landscape’: Vancouver Island man recounts helping crews in Australia

Kevin Cochrane of the Coastal Fire Centre spent 38 days Down Under