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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The first group of firefighters coming to lend a hand against the wildfire situation in B.C. started to arrive on Sunday and will continue to this week.

There currently are more than 1,600 B.C. firefighters and support staff that are in place for the 2017 fire season but with 225 wildfires currently burning, more help has been required.

The breakdown is as follows:

  • Alberta: 92
  • Saskatchewan: 37
  • Ontario: 147
  • New Brunswick: 22
  • Parks Canada: 12

“The BC Wildfire Service also has arrangements with dozens of companies from all regions of the province to provide contract firefighters and support staff. As of July 11, the BC Wildfire Service had over 200 contract personnel working on wildfires.

The BC Wildfire Service is also bringing in additional air support for its fleet of 32 contracted aircraft and nearly 200 additional contracted helicopters that have already joined the fight. Ten firefighting aircraft have been brought in from other Canadian provinces, including seven airtankers and three “birddog” aircraft (which help co-ordinate airtanker operations from the air).”

Dawson Creek will also be sending firefighters down to help.

To report a wildfire or open burning violation, call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cellphone. For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, go to: http://www.bcwildfire.ca

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