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BC Wildfire calling in more international assistance for B.C. Wildfires

With no relief in sight in the weather forecast, B.C.'s wildfire emergency is expected to continue over the next few weeks.

To ensure that adequate resources are available to continue the fight, more international personnel are on the way.

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"Given the unprecedented nature of the B.C. wildfires, we appreciate the assistance our international partners are able to provide," says Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests and Lands.

Over the next week, more than 400 firefighting staff from New Zealand, Australia, Mexico and the United States will join the over 3,800 personnel currently working throughout the province to respond to the ongoing wildfire situation in B.C.

This will be a mix of specialized support staff, including incident management teams, and highly trained and experienced wildland firefighting crews.

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They will join over 3,150 personnel from B.C., including more than 1,450 contract personnel, and more than 630 other out-of-province personnel.

These firefighters are trained to the standards of the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre. The cost of bringing in the international personnel will be covered by the Province of B.C.



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