July 22, 2014 12:39 pm

Manitoba firefighters head west to help battle B.C., N.W.T. blazes

Two crews of Manitoba firefighters are being sent to fight fires in B.C. and the Northwest Territories.

B.C. government handout / The Canadian Press

WINNIPEG – Crews of Manitoba firefighters are heading west to help battle blazes in B.C. and the Northwest Territories.

A total of 40 firefighters in two crews are being deployed to Kamloops, B.C., and Yellowknife to help those regions, a news release from the provincial government said.

The initial attack personnel, who have specialized training to fight forest fires on the ground, will be assigned tasks when they arrive at their destinations.

A Manitoba air attack officer has just returned to Manitoba from directing water bombers in the Northwest Territory. Another air attack officer may soon be deployed to perform similar duties.

READ MORE: B.C. residents still under evacuation alerts and orders due to wildfires

As of Monday, half a dozen evacuation orders remained in three B.C. regions where crews continued to battle wildfires despite cooler temperatures.

Nearly 190 fires are burning in the Northwest Territories.

— With files from The Canadian Press

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