More B.C. wildfire personnel head to the Yukon

The Wildfire Management Branch is sending another 42 personnel

to the Yukon to help with fire suppression efforts

  • Jul. 17, 2013 12:00 p.m.

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 Yukon.

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.

Quick Facts:

* 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.

 

 

 

Learn More:

For the latest information on fire activity, conditions and prohibitions

in B.C., visit: www.bcwildfire.ca

 

 

 

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