Mexico and U.S. to Help Fight B.C. Wildfires
Prince George, B.C. – The BC Wildfire Service has announced some much-needed help is on the way to help fight this province’s wildfires.
It will come in the form of firefighting resources from the United States and Mexico.
“One hundred and eight wildfire personnel from Mexico will arrive this week and are expected to be deployed to wildfires in the Interior on Friday,” says the BC Wildfire Service. “This is the first-time Mexican personnel have assisted B.C., although they have been employed many times by the Province of Alberta.”
This in addition to the 27 firefighters from Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan who were brought into B.C. as part of crews from Ontario that arrived this weekend.
All personnel are trained to the standards of the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre. The cost of bringing in international help will be covered by the B.C. government.
“Hot and dry conditions have kept a persistently high fire danger rating throughout B.C.,” adds the BC Wildfire Service. “Firefighting crews are on standby in all six of B.C.’s fire centres in preparation for an anticipated increase in fire starts over the next few days due to unsettled weather in the forecast, which may bring lightning.”
If you see a wildfire you are asked to call 1-800-663-5555 or *5555 on a cellphone.