Knowing that a simple “thank you” wouldn’t suffice, the NSW Rural Fire Service took out a 70-foot billboard in New York’s Times Square to thank all the firefighters who helped battle the blazes.
The size was intentional.
“Imagine fighting a bushfire higher than this billboard,” the video in the billboard reads. “Thank you to the brave Australian and US firefighters defending Australia. And to the world for all your support.”
Millions of acres were burned
Since last July, dozens of fires have scorched more than 17 million acres across Australia’s six states, but NSW was the hardest hit with the fires burning more than 12 million acres.
At least 28 people were killed, about 3,000 homes destroyed and up to 1 billion animals affected.