British Columbia firefighters receive fire support crew from Ontario
Sunday, July 13, 2014, 6:58 PM -
Temperatures are high, and they're only getting hotter, in British Columbia and Alberta, complicating a growing wildfire threat.
After lending firefighter support to the Northwest Territories to battle a major fire near Hay River Last week, the B.C. Wildfire Management Branch reached out to Ontario Friday, asking for 21 incident managers and staff to help fight fires across the province. Fire support crew were expected to arrive in Kamloops Sunday.
Currently, there are 55 fires burning across B.C., with three of them expected to take several days to put out.
Twenty firefighters are battling a 30-square-kilometre blaze in north B.C. near Williston Lake that started Thursday.
Near Quesnel, in the North Cariboo region, 41 firefighters and six helicopters are trying to put out a six-square-kilometre fire which started Tuesday.
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In northern B.C., near the Alberta border, 120 firefighters and 11 helicopters are battling a 45-square-kilometre blaze close to Tumbler Ridge sparked a week ago.
B.C. in particular can expect no relief from the heat until at least midweek, thanks to a pattern that is bringing sweltering temperatures to the west and a below-seasonal cool down to eastern Canada.
With files from The Canadian Press and Alberni Valley News.