The Wildfire Management Branch is sending another 42 personnel
to the Yukon to help with fire suppression efforts.
One Unit Crew from the Cariboo Fire Centre, one 12-person Incident
Management Team and 10 other staff will be leaving on Wednesday, July 17.
A total of 71 Wildfire Management Branch staff have now been deployed to
The request for assistance was made through the Canadian Interagency
Forest Fire Centre, which co-ordinates the mutual sharing of firefighting
resources between B.C. and other jurisdictions.
The Wildfire Management Branch always maintains adequate firefighting
capacity to respond to current conditions in B.C. Deployed personnel can
be recalled at any time.
Costs associated with this deployment will be covered by the Yukon under
the Mutual Aid Resource Sharing Agreement, which allows for the movement
of firefighting resources throughout Canada.
* Unit Crew: This 20-person crew is typically deployed to larger fires.
It establishes pump and hose lines, digs fireguards and removes fuel from
a wildfire’s path using back burns.
* Incident Management Team: When a wildfire burns for an extended period
or when a complex fire occurs, an Incident Management Team is called in
to assume overall management of the fire.
For the latest information on fire activity, conditions and prohibitions
in B.C., visit: www.bcwildfire.ca
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