After a summer of smoke and fire, a very thankful Canberra has farewelled the American very large air tanker (VLAT) that flew 29 missions during this bushfire season, dropping more than one million litres of retardant on fires across the ACT and NSW.

When Namadgi was ablaze and the Orroral Valley fire threatened Canberra’s urban interface, the VLAT and its crew worked tirelessly alongside the ACT Emergency Services Agency (ESA) for 40 days of continuous firefighting to help contain, and eventually extinguish, the threat.

Read more on this story at the RIOT ACT.