Corporal Mike Watt stacks gear aboard a CC-130J Hercules that will transport the members of the Ministry of Forests Firebirds Unit Crew to Williams Lake in support of Operation LENTUS 17-04, July 31. (Photo: MS Roxanne Wood)

More Canadian Armed Forces on way to help fight wildfires in B.C.

The request was made for an additional 300 members to assist, bringing the total to 650.

With weeks of B.C.’s fire season remaining and no relief from hot, dry conditions in sight, the province has asked the federal government for additional support from the Canadian Armed Forces.

The request was made for an additional 300 members to assist in mop-up, monitoring stages of the fire activity and air support through the month of September.

WATCH: B.C. fire crews return home after month-long wildfire battle

Some will also help conduct fire-line patrol tasks and ensure an extinguished area is cold to the touch to prevent re-ignition.

To date, there have been more than 900 wildfires this season, burning an estimated 650,000 hectares of land.

This will bring the total number of armed forces personnel deployed to aide in wildfire efforts to approximately 650.

“The deployment of these additional CAF personnel, who join shipmates already standing shoulder-to-shoulder with other brave first responders, further demonstrates the commitment of the Government of Canada to doing its utmost to help British Columbians in need,” said Rear-Admiral Art McDonald, Commander Joint Task Force Pacific, in a statement.

The additional members are set to arrive on Aug. 15 in the Cariboo region.

“We are incredibly grateful for the tireless efforts of all those engaged in the fight, and we recognize that more resources will be needed to sustain this important work through September, so we’re requesting those resources now, ” Minister of Public Safety Mike Farnworth said in a release.


@ashwadhwani
ashley.wadhwani@bpdigital.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Site C dam goes ahead, cost estimate now up to $10.7 billion

Premier John Horgan says Christy Clark left him no other choice

Leafs dig out of funk

Mid-season stumble ends with 4-1 win

PHOTOS: Whitewater opens season in style

On Friday Whitewater opened for the 2017/2018 winter season — the stoke was real

Nelson plans sewer and water rate increases for 2018

The increase will amount to $18.00 per year for a single family dwelling

Nelson remembers victims of gender violence

The B.C. government announced $112,280 in additional funding to local women organizations

VIDEO: New series takes in-depth look at sexual harassment in B.C.

Black Press takes a hard look at sexual harassment in B.C.

Local fabric artist Kate Bridger opens exhibit at Nelson Public Library

Bridger will be exhibited at the Nelson Public Library until Dec. 31

Nelson council updates banner policy

The purpose of the banner is to publicize events

Paul Saso releases Kootenay Inspired at Touchstones Nelson

8 years in the making, Saso’s book looks at the people who inspire him in our community

Glacier trio shines in Kelowna

Dafni van Hellemond, Eden Bellman and Brianne Stefani took home 12 medals last weekend

COLUMN: 100 years since the Halifax explosion

Greg Scott looks at significant events from the past 100 years.

COLUMN: Trimming back for the holidays

Anne DeGrace talks about cutting back over Christmas

Hwy. 1 avalanche improvements promise less delays

B.C.’s new remote avalanche-control systems near Revelstoke are ready for avalanche season

Most Read