Canada Manitoba sending firefighters to help battle B.C. wildfires

22:06  11 july  2017
22:06  11 july  2017 Source:   Metro News

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More than a dozen trained Manitoba firefighters are heading west to battle the wildfires ripping through B.C.'s central and southern interior.

The province announced the plan Tuesday, after roughly 14,000 people were ordered to evacuate their homes in Williams Lake, Cache Creek, Alexis Creek, the Kleena Kleene region and West Fraser.

A team of 13 firefighters is heading west with 50 pumps. An air-attack officer is heading to the Northwest Territories to help with firefighting efforts in that area.

The team is expected to leave Manitoba later this week.

They will join about 300 firefighters and support staff from Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario and New Brunswick, who were expected to start arriving Monday to help relieve the pressure on roughly 1,000 B.C. firefighters battling the blazes.

There are more than 230 active wildfires being fought as of Tuesday.

International support coming for B.C. wildfires .
Fifty experts from Australia are expected to arrive today to help with the wildfire battle in British Columbia's central and southern Interior. Fire information officer Navi Saini says they'll put the Australians where the need is greatest, taking advantage of their expertise in equipment, technology and logistical support.

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