– With AAP.
Since the start of the current bushfire season, we’ve lost 30 Australians.
The death toll is the highest in New South Wales, where 22 people have been confirmed dead.
Victoria has lost five people, and South Australia has lost three.
But the bushfires are still raging.
A tribute from fellow Aussie Ben Lawson. Post continues after video.
That death toll has continued to grow, however, this time, three American firefighters have lost their lives.
This afternoon it was announced that three United States crew have died after their aerial water tanker crashed while battling blazes in southern NSW.
Their identities have not been revealed.
The NSW Rural Fire Service said local ground crews lost contact with the C130 Hercules in the Snowy Monaro region on Thursday.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian confirmed the aircraft – which was owned by a private company and contracted by the fire service – had crashed, killing three people.
Deeply saddened to learn of the death of 3 people in the crash of a C130 fire fighting aircraft, north east of Cooma in NSW earlier today. My deepest condolences to the loved ones, friends and colleagues of those who have lost their lives. Such a terrible tragedy.
— Scott Morrison (@ScottMorrisonMP) January 23, 2020