May 21, 2019 4:06 pm
Updated: May 22, 2019 12:38 pm

B.C. deploying 267 personnel to help Alberta with out-of-control wildfires

BC Wildfire Service fire fighter at work during the summer of 2018 on one of the province's many forest fires.

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Hundreds of B.C. wildfire fighters are packing their bags and heading east of the Rockies, as Alberta grapples with an early start to the fire season.

Alberta is fighting multiple out-of-control wildfires, including the 69,000-hectare High Level wildfire in northern Alberta, which has forced about 4,000 people from their homes.

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B.C. is sending 267 personnel to help, including 230 firefighters (10 initial attack crews and 10 unit crews), 14 supervisors, a 19-person incident management team and three agency representatives.

“The BC Wildfire Service recognizes the importance of sharing firefighting resources given the invaluable assistance Alberta has provided to B.C. during the last two wildfire seasons, which were the worst in the province’s history,” said fire information officer Kyla Fraser in a media release.

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Crews are expected to begin arriving in Alberta on Wednesday and Thursday.

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The BC Wildfire Service’s staff are being deployed through the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre, which coordinates the sharing of firefighting resources throughout the country.

Crews can be deployed for rotations of up to 19-days, but can be recalled at any time if needed.

According to the BC Wildfire Service, conditions west of the Rockies are calm enough to spare the staff at this point in the season.

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