Firefighter from Colorado among those killed in Australian plane crash

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Ian McBeth. Credit: McBeth family

WRAY, Colo. — One of the firefighters killed in a plane crash in Australia on Thursday was from Colorado, his family confirmed.

Ian McBeth is one of three American firefighters who died when a C-130 Hercules aerial water tanker crashed in the Snowy Monaro area of New South Wales.

McBeth graduated from Wray High School in 1994. He still has family there.

McBeth most recently lived in Great Falls, Montana.

He was one of many Americans helping fight the devastating wildfires in Australia.

According to the Associated Press, the plane crash brings the death toll from the blazes to at least 31 since September. The fires have also destroyed more than 2,600 homes and razed more than 25.7 million acres, an area bigger than the U.S. state of Indiana.

The C-130 was based in California. The AP reports the four-propeller plane can drop more than 4,000 gallons of fire retardant during a single pass.

Gov. Jared Polis expressed his sympathies Thursday night:

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