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    Kiwis exhausted, amazed by scale of US fires.

    Exhausted New Zealand firefighters have been blown away by the size of fire destroying forest parks in the United States.

    Nine New Zealand firefighters have joined an international contingent to help thousands of Americans fight their biggest wildfire north of
    California.

    Speaking from Oregon today, Phil Wishnowsky of Masterton said the Kiwis were involved in battling the roaring Biscuit fire.

    "What's amazed us is the scale of it. It's burnt more than 200,000ha of national and forest parks about 90 minutes drive north of California," he told NZPA from Gold Bear, Oregon.

    "There are about 6700 people helping fight the blaze which has a perimeter of about 200km.

    "It's exhausting work and we've been taking groups in to establish
    fuel-free fire breaks."

    Mr Wishnowsky said temperatures in Oregon heat climbed above 40degC the first few days they were there.

    The Kiwis are fire-fighting all day and well into the evening before
    collapsing into bed. They will work 14 days straight, have two days off and be back for another fortnight.

    They expect to be fire-fighting in Oregon for six weeks.

    "The size of this Biscuit fire is staggering. It's like an area from Otaki to Masterton and all the way down to Wellington. Getting water to the fire is a problem just as it is in New Zealand sometimes," Mr Wishnowsky said.

    Darryl Robson of Tokoroa said his forestry experience was paying off.

    "It's all helping but the work is quite exhausting. We are up at 5am and don't get back into camp until 8.30pm. Facilities are very good and so is the catering."

    Robin Thompson of Nelson said the Americans were doing a great job
    including organising 6700 firefighters including Australians, Mexicans, Canadians and New Zealanders.

    "The difference here is the people and the vehicles. The image one
    sometimes gets back home of American tourists is not the case here.

    "They are great and they all want to talk to the Kiwis. The cars here are amazing. They are all running around this fire in V8 7 litre utes. This is tiring work alright and we're learning a lot."

    The Oregon fire, sparked by lightning, has been burning in the Siskiyou National Forest since July 13.

    NZPA 22 August 2002.

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    As a wildland firefighter....I think I can speak for all of us here in the US of A...and say Thanks s'much Kiwis!

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    I'll echo NJ's sentiments on that one. Hope the folks in Oregon are keeping your fellow countrymen in Guinness and other spirits, Kiwi. (If they actually have time for R&R).
    Chris Minick, P.E., Firefighter II
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    O.K., I've been wondering for a while so now I'll ask. . .

    What is a Kiwi?

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    A Kiwi is a small flightless brown bird, pictures of which can be seen on the I.A.C.O.J. thread at http://www.firehouse.com/forums2/sho...918#post263918

    Or on tins of boot polish.

    It is the national bird of New Zealand.

    It is also how we as a nation refer to ourselves

    To CJ and NJ, Thanks.
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    You are very welcome.
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    Kiwi

    Thanks for posting that article. From the city of San Fran my deepest thanks to your brothers up in Oregon. I will keep them in my thoughts that everyone stays safe and the fire is out soon. Dinner is on me if they head this way before heading back to Kiwiland.

    Cheffie
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    I will be sure to raise a few to the Kiwi's helpin out with our fires.

    thanks from a wildland firefighter/forester
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