State fire authorities have been forced to wait two years for a federal boost in long-term funding for air tankers to help control raging bushfires, after Canberra rejected a $25 million business case to expand the national fleet.

The nation’s aerial firefighting centre sought the funding commitment in December 2017 in a document that complained of a “loss in value” in essential federal support to deploy large air tankers for future summers.

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