CHARLIE LAKE, B.C. – The Charlie Lake Fire Department has sent another crew to fight wildfires in southern B.C. and welcomed the first crew back home.

Volunteer firefighters Jason Mukjiha and Kyle Winters were deployed to the BC Wildfire Service’s Kamloops office and began working Tuesday on an eight-day rotation to help fight a fire near
Falkland, a town midway between Kamloops and Vernon.

The first crew, deployed in early August, arrived back in Fort St. John Wednesday after fighting fires in the Osoyoos and Falkland area.

“The crew performed exceptionally well in challenging circumstances,” said CLFD Chief Edward Albury. “They are pleased that they could help out communities that are in dire need of assistance.”

The Peace River Regional District operates the CLFD, which will send a third crew south to relieve the second crew if necessary.

“I’m extremely proud of our Charlie Lake Fire Department volunteers, and I thank them for stepping up to support firefighting operations in areas of the province that are, just as the Peace region is, vulnerable to forest fires,” said Peace River Regional District Board Chair Brad Sperling.

There are currently 262 active fires in the province, with 58 in the Prince George Fire Centre.