One of Australia's iconic architectural landmarks and cultural institutions was the backdrop over the weekend for a special message to firefighters working to control the raging bushfires devastating the country.
A tribute honoring wildfire crews with the North South Wales Rural Fire Service and other agencies, as well as volunteers working with groups involved in the relief effort was projected for several hours Saturday on the sails of the Sydney Opera House. Images of firefighters in action were accompanied by signs displaying words of encouragement and thanks.
"THANK YOU FIRIES," read one handwritten sign.
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A video of the display was posted on the New South Wales Rural Fire Service's Facebook page. The opera house also expressed its thanks online.
"We want to send a message of hope and strength, and importantly to thank the emergency services and volunteers for their incredible efforts and courage," the performing arts center wrote on Twitter.
Australia's wildfires have burned more than 12 million acres and have been responsible for the deaths of at least 27 people, including at least four firefighters, since the season began in late July. The latest firefighter fatality happened Saturday in Omeo and involved a member of Forest Fire Management Victoria.
At the start of the new year, the U.S. government sent around 100 firefighters to Australia, the first time such a deployment has happened since 2010. A comedy fundraiser for those affected by the wildfires is set for March and will be co-hosted by the Sydney Opera House.