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