British Columbia is welcoming 79 firefighting personnel from the Yukon, Saskatchewan and Ontario to assist BC crews with an anticipated increase in fire activity, Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister announced today.
Twenty-one firefighters and one agency representative from the Yukon will arrive in Williams Lake on Saturday. An additional 20 firefighters and one agency representative from Saskatchewan will arrive in Abbotsford on Sunday. Also, 35 fire personnel and one agency representative from Ontario will arrive in Kamloops.
Placement of the arriving personnel will be determined based on current fire activity and anticipated need. It's important to keep some firefighting crews on standby in all of B.C.'s fire centres in preparation for an anticipated increase in fire starts.
The costs associated will be covered by B.C.'s Wildfire Management Branch under the Mutual Aid Resources Sharing Agreement, which allows for the movement of firefighting resources throughout Canada. Earlier in the season, B.C. was able to lend firefighting personnel to other provinces.
The Fire Danger Rating for the province is mostly "high", with some areas of "moderate" and many patches of "extreme". Hot and dry conditions are expected this weekend, with a risk of thunderstorm activity.
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