Ontario fire crews arrive in FSJ to battle Liard/Smith fire

Photo: Firefighters from Ontario arrived at the Fort St. John airport around noon on Friday – Adam Reaburn/Energeticcity.ca

The province has called in fire crews from Ontario and Alberta, to assist in containing the Liard River Fire.

Forests and Range Minister Pat Bell announced on Friday that the province is taking advantage of the resource-sharing agreement it has with other provinces, and asking for additional crews.

The Liard/Smith fire is estimated at around 200 square kilometers in size. Ontario crews arrived in Fort St. John on Friday, and are expected to help battle to blaze for 14 days.

Among the staff are 60 firefighters, two fire behaviour specialists, one fire behaviour specialist apprentice, and one agency representative.

These personnel will be deployed to the Smith River fire. Meanwhile, Alberta crews arrived yesterday at the Kamloops Fire Centre and are expected to stay for 14 days.

The staff includes a seven-person incident management team.

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