B.C. keeping forest firefighters at home to help with local fires

This photo was provided on April 29 of the forest fire near Goodlow.

VICTORIA, B.C. – Hot and dry conditions in B.C. means Provincial firefighters from this Province won’t be sent to help in Fort McMurray.

Alberta has asked for help fighting the fires from all provinces and territories, but the Wildfire Service in B.C. says they can’t send help due to the high number of fires currently burning in the Province.

According to spokesperson Ryan Turcot there are currently 48 fires burning in the B.C. Peace.  The two largest in the province are the Beatton Airport Road fire at over 7,000 hectares and the Siphon Creek fire at over 9,000 hectares.

Some resources from private companies in areas where the fire danger is low will be sending equipment to help.  Vancouver Island-based Coulson Flying Tankers of Port Alberni is offering some assistance.

In a Facebook post, owner Wayne Coulson says the company’s Sikorsky S-61 helicopter has been sent to Alberta and a second firefighting aircraft will be available for loan as soon as it returns from Australia next week.

There are four evacuation alerts in effect for this region due to forest fires.  The four areas under alert include the Beatton Airport Road area, the Siphon Creek area, the Doig River First Nation area and the Cecil Lake area.

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