The American hunters who fired on Australian volunteer firemen claim they were looking for a bear

Australian firefighter Daniel Barwick, pictured third on the left, was one of two Australians shot by hunters in Washington state.

The American hunters who fired at two Australian firemen allegedly targeted the bears at that time.

The Australians were fired on August 23 while helping the US Forest Service. UU In the state of Washington.

They were part of a contingent that had been sent to the White Pass ski resort in Oregon in August, after a fire stretched eight square kilometers.

"All reports indicate that they were shot by mistake, these two men were hunting a bear, the bear was wounded, they were following him, firing in the direction of the bear that turned out to be in the direction of a firefighting team." Reporter Donald Meyers of Yakima Herald-Republic told the 3AW radio station.

Australian firefighter Daniel Barwick, pictured third on the left, was one of two Australians shot by hunters in Washington state.

Australian firefighter Daniel Barwick, pictured third on the left, was one of two Australians shot by hunters in Washington state.

"This led a fire incident management team to order a complete closure with all those who took refuge until they could resolve all of this."

Daniel Barwick, a volunteer from the Rural Fire Service who received a National Medal to protect the Lake George area in Canberra, was one of two Australians attacked.

The other was confirmed by Fire and Rescue NSW on Tuesday as Inspector Phillip Eberle of Batemans Bay on the south coast of New South Wales, The Sydney Morning Herald reported.

They returned to Australia on Saturday.

The two hunters were also shooting marmots at that moment.

"Two men were located inside the closure of the fire area … they were firing ground squirrels / marmots and, reportedly, they are hunting bears," the US Forest Service said in a statement.

Fire and Rescue NSW confirmed on Tuesday that Inspector Phillip Eberle, of Batemans Bay on the south coast of New South Wales, was also caught in the incident

Fire and Rescue NSW confirmed on Tuesday that Inspector Phillip Eberle, of Batemans Bay on the south coast of New South Wales, was also caught in the incident

Fire and Rescue NSW confirmed on Tuesday that Inspector Phillip Eberle, of Batemans Bay on the south coast of New South Wales, was also caught in the incident

The hunters received warnings of infringement by law enforcement officials of the USDA Forest Service, the statement said.

Two employees of the US Forest Service UU They patrolled the area with the firefighters at the time of the incident.

The Sydney Morning Herald reported that an information note prepared by officials of the US Forest Service. UU It showed that the incident started around 1.30 p. M. When the first shots rang.

The firefighters were rescued at 6 p.m.

The note said that "incident personnel" watched with binoculars while one of the hunters placed "a rifle with the objective on a bipod and looked at the mountain towards them".

"They kept waving until a shot was fired … then they jumped off the back of the mountain to cover themselves when a second shot sounded," the note said, according to the publication.

The two Australian firefighters were part of a contingent that had been sent to the White Pass ski resort in Oregon in August after a fire spread eight square kilometers

The two Australian firefighters were part of a contingent that had been sent to the White Pass ski resort in Oregon in August after a fire spread eight square kilometers

The two Australian firefighters were part of a contingent that had been sent to the White Pass ski resort in Oregon in August after a fire spread eight square kilometers

The four "incident agents" had seen the two hunters walking down a path about 180 meters below them.

They wore yellow fire shirts and yellow helmets at the time and thought they had been seen.

An investigation into the incident is ongoing.

About 80 Australians have flown to help the United States Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management since July.

Daily Mail Australia has contacted Fire and Rescue, RFS, the US Forest Service. UU And the Department of Foreign Affairs to receive comments.

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