NEWS RELEASE · 24th June 2010
Ministry of Forest and Range
The latest deployment of British Columbia crews will send 31 personnel to Manitoba to help that province respond to increased fire activity.
Ten three-person initial attack crews and an agency representative have departed for Le Pas, Manitoba, 630 kilometres northwest of Winnipeg, and will be deployed for up to 19 days.
Crews are being deployed from various regions of British Columbia, where minimal fire activity has allowed the release of personnel. All resource needs have been met for northern B.C., where the Greer Creek fire continues to burn.
Sufficient crews and equipment will remain in B.C. should fire activity increase, and deployed personnel can be recalled within 24 hours.
The northern region of Manitoba is dealing with dry conditions and high danger ratings. So far this year they have responded to 239 wildfires, burning over39,000 hectares.
Costs for the deployment will be covered by the Government of Manitoba under the Mutual Aid Resources Sharing Agreement, which allows for the sharing of firefighting resources across Canada.
British Columbia is expecting cooler and wetter conditions in the coming days, which should help to relieve the fire hazard in the northern Interior.
Since April, provincial fire crews have responded to 316 fires across British Columbia. People are reminded to ensure they have the necessary tools on hand to extinguish any fires they light. Person-caused wildfires take critical resources away from naturally-occurring lightning fires.
This is the fifth deployment of British Columbia fire crews this year. Last year 2,512 personnel from across Canada, the United States, Australia and New Zealand, including more than 1,800 firefighters, assisted British Columbia with a challenging fire season.
The public reports nearly half of all wildfires in B.C. Please continue to report smoke and flames by calling *5555 on mobile phones or 1 800 663-5555 toll-free.