The Mallee towns in Victoria’s northwest are no strangers to the increased fire danger that summer brings to their communities.

Fires in the wide expanse of the sparsely populated Mallee are ferocious for the dryland farming region.

Wildfires spread quickly through the surrounding Big Desert and Murray Sunset National Parks and it takes a specialized team of highly skilled firefighters to control them.

Summer fires are a regular reminder of the harshness of cutting out a living in the semi-arid Mallee landscape, with fires igniting during harvest or from dry lightning events every year.

However, specialist fire reconnaissance aircraft with tactical Air Attack Commanders work together with a committed team of Forest Fire Management crews, Country Fire Authority (CFA) volunteers, and local farmers who are all equipped to tackle fires with a moment’s notice.

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