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Alberta Asks BC to Focus on Containing Fires in North East B.C.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016 @ 11:55 AM

Prince George, B.C. – Premier Christy Clark says  BC is not able to  offer fire fighting assistance to Alberta  as  that province battles the Fort McMurray fires, rather,  Alberta has requested that BC put its resources to handling the fires in the Peace Region.

One of those fires, the Siphon Creek fire,  is about 6 kilometers from the Alberta border, “What they really want  British Columbia to do is to make sure we are containing the fires  within our own borders so they don’t   jump the border’ says Premier Clark.  “Now if the Siphon Creek fire moves east , we certainly will follow it,  which isn’t normally what  we  would do.  Alberta firefighters are fighting as hard as they possibly can, and we don’t want to add to their burden, we want to try and take that  away a little bit.”

Clark says B.C. will be able to help provide Alberta with some of the equipment it has requested  and  some of the social assistance requested  “Unfortunately, we are so busy with  the fires in the Peace in British Columbia, we just don’t have any more resources that we can assist in Alberta. But everything they have asked us to do we are doing it, because Alberta is  our closest friend in Canada,  Albertans  are our closest friends in Canada and we want to be there for them in this time of need.  They were there for us  in 2003 in  Kelowna, and we want to be there for them.”

The  Fort McMurray fire is now  estimated to have destroyed 1,600 structures.  88 thousand people have been evacuated from the community, at this point, there  have been no reports of any loss of life or  any injuries.  Armed forces are mobilizing to  head to Fort McMurray.   The Fort McMurray  airport is now closed to all  flights.

The Canadian Red Cross is accepting donations to assist those  impacted by the  wildfire disaster.


We need to look after BC first, then send assistance if we have any left.
Its fantastic the rest of Canada is stepping up along with our governments at all levels. Good luck to all fighting all our forest fires. We appreciate what you are doing and stay safe.

Being a trained Incident Commander I have a basic understanding of what they are dealing with.. but each incident is different and you don’t know when the next curve ball is coming.

Good thing we are not cutting our fire fighting budget by 15 million like alberta did.

15 million is didily squat. I’m sure the BC liberals cut much more than that when they axed the Martin Mars water bombers.

    The province has nothing to do with the Martin Mars water bombers as they are privately owned and like any other private company are contracted to fight fires sadly only one Mars bomber is active as the other is non flyable and the one that is flyable is nearing the end of its service life

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