Frédéric André is the lone Québécois firefighter in Australia right now fighting the historic bushfire that continues to rage.\nAndré is among nearly 100 Canadians who were sent to help beat back the bushfire that is said to have killed over 20 people and nearly half a billion animals.\nVisit MTLBlog for more headlines.\nBushfires continue to rage on in Australia, where at least 24 people have died and more than 2,000 homes have been ravaged by flames, according to ABC News. The world has come together on social media to express their sorrow at the devastation of the destructive natural disaster. But some Canadian forest firefighters are doing more than just sharing a post online. There are currently 95 Canadian firefighters in Australia to help with the blaze, including one Québécois firefighter, Frédéric André.\nAndré is Head of the Land Base in Roberval, Quebec, for SOPFEU, the Société de protection des forêts contre le feu. SOPFEU is one of the many agencies in Canada that works within the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre.\nIt was CIFFC that put together this group of nearly 100 Canadians to help fight the fires raging in Australia. In speaking with the CIFFC, spokesperson Melanie Morin explained that, as with any request for aid, whether from a Canadian province or another country, CIFFC coordinates resources from all provincial agencies.\nThe provincial agencies then take stock of their own resources and provide what they can in terms of aid.\nCIFFC explains in its press release that the Canadians that have been sent to Australia will not be "front-line firefighters."\nThey are, instead, specialists who will "assume a variety of roles within Incident Management Teams, including roles in command, aviation, planning, logistics, and operations," primarily in the state of New South Wales.\nFrédéric André is in charge of logistics teams in Australia responsible for "attack strategies," as described in the interview below.\nFeux en Australie : un Québécois au frontUne cinquantaine de pompiers canadiens ont été envoyés en Australie pour lutter contre les incendies de forêt. Du nombre, le Québécois Frédéric André qui nous fait état de la situation.Posted by RDI Matin on Friday, December 27, 2019\nIn the interview, André describes the difficulty of fighting fires in Australia right now, where the dry season is in full effect and many lakes are completely dry.\nREAD ALSO: Quebec Sexual Assault Survivors Have Fewest Rights In Canada Due To Statute Of Limitations\nHere in Quebec, there are lakes everywhere, making water the most sensible way to fight fires. In Australia, especially right now, there is simply not enough water to allow the firefighters to gain control of the blaze.\nThat means that, in Australia, they are literally fighting fire with fire.\nSt. Sebastian River Preserve State Park will conduct a 547 acre prescribed burn today. Media call Dylan Gavagni at (321)508-4075 for more information. pic.twitter.com/wuT0vP9uCj— Fellsmere Police (@FellsmerePD) January 7, 2020\nAs André explains, firefighters on the front line are now burning a circle of fire around the bushfire.\nThis creates a zone of pre-burned vegetation around the bushfire. As the bushfire grows and travels outwards, it inevitably meets the controlled burn zone.\nWith nothing left to burn, the fire dies.\nFires in North America have resulted in the need to execute "controlled" or "prescribed" burns, too, and Indigenous communities in Australia are calling for more of this historically-practised procedure.\nQuebec's most notable forest fire, seen below, reached 600,000 hectares in 2013.\nAndré explains in the interview above that, in Australia, the fire has reached 100,000 hectares — about the size of Belgium.\nCanadians can help by donating to the Australian Red Cross at its website here.