Ontario and Quebec sending more crews to help B.C. Wildfire

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THOMPSON-OKANAGAN – More than 220 personnel will arrive from Ontario and Quebec Friday and Saturday to help B.C. Wildfire staff in their efforts to battle blazes across the province.

The incident management team and sustained action firefighting personnel will help over 1,600 provincial staff, 930 contractors and roughly 100 other out-of-province staff. An additional 80 wildfire specialists from Australia are expected to arrive this weekend.

Requests for the additional resources came from the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre – an agency sharing firefighting resources across provinces.

The cost of these resources will be covered by the province’s Mutual Aid Resources Sharing Agreement.

Many areas of B.C. are facing a high to extreme fire danger rating. Given the hot and dry conditions, campfire bans throughout the province remain in effect.

B.C. Wildfire has responded to 1,036 wildfires this season, most of which were lightning-caused.

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