Australian Firefighters Shot At By Washington State Hunters While Battling US Fires

Submitted by: daegog 2 months ago in News & Politics
RFS firefighter Daniel Barwick, third from left, with colleagues in Washington state.

I'm not sure why the firefighters wouldn't just pack up and head back to Australia after this.

An excerpt from The Sydney Morning Herald: Two Australian firefighters, on patrol with US Forest Service personnel in Washington state, were set upon by hunters, chased and shot at in an incident which has reached officials within the Foreign Affairs Department.

The incident, which took place on August 23, shook Australia's support operation in the northwest of the United States and led to demands for local fire services to upgrade security and guarantee the safety of the crew.

Nearly 80 Australian firefighters have been working with the US Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management in northern California, Oregon and Washington since July, and were dispatched to the popular White Pass ski destination in August after fire spread across an eight square kilometre area.

The incident, which involved two Australians and two local officers, led to the arrest of the two hunters.

They were issued Violation Notices by USDA Forest Service Law Enforcement Officers for violation of the closure order. Further charges are pending.
There are 7 comments:
Male 18,342
Maybe what they need is counter-snipers?
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Male 5,239
Don't be so gullible McFly.
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Male 18,342
Fair dos.
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Male 4,062
I know their accents can be grating, but shooting at them is a bit of an overreaction.
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Male 10,084
Except, of course, NOT
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Male 741
Something about this sounds fishy, more then likely they found someone's pot field.
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