The helicopters will start their journey to Royal Australian Air Force Base Edinburgh today and are expected to remain there until end of January, say local media.
The New Zealand Defence Force support will travel in an Australian Defence Force C-17 and New Zealand Defence Force C-130 from Ohakea Airforce Base on a number of flights from Monday to Wednesday, according to local media.
“This latest NZDF support is being provided in addition to the latest rotation of five NZDF Firefighters deployed to bolster numbers of emergency responders on the ground,” Defence Minister Ron Mark said in a statement on Sunday.
“We need to mention and thank those Defence Force spouses, partners and children whose holiday plans are being interrupted as their family members are being called back to assist our Australian cousins in their time of need,” Mark said.
The 2019–20 Australian bushfire season is of notable intensity compared to previous seasons, it has burned an estimated 6.3 million hectares, destroyed over 2,500 buildings and killed 25 people as of the 5th of January 2020.
The bushfires are regarded by some as one of the worst bushfire seasons in memory.
In December 2019, the New South Wales Government declared a state of emergency in New South Wales after record-breaking temperatures and prolonged drought exacerbated the bushfires.
It was estimated that close to half a billion animals were impacted by the ongoing fires.