Alberta fires: B.C. sends 37 wildfire service personnel to help fight

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May 08, 2023 – Ian Holliday/CTV News Vancouver

As wildfires in Alberta continue to keep tens of thousands of people out of their homes, British Columbia has deployed dozens of firefighters to help with the response there.

The deployment comes as B.C. deals with its own out-of-control wildfires in the northern part of the province.

Overall, however, the wildfire situation in B.C. was much less severe than that of Alberta on Monday.

While there were 62 fires actively burning in B.C., 91 per cent of those were under control or being held.

“At this time, we are feeling pretty comfortable about where our capacity is,” said Bowinn Ma, B.C.’s minister of emergency management and climate readiness, at a news conference Monday.

“In fact, that is why we felt comfortable sending a team from the BC Wildfire Service over to support Alberta with their wildfires,” Ma added. “We have been relatively fortunate, so far, on the wildfire front. That isn’t to say, of course, that communities haven’t been impacted, but at this time, we’re feeling pretty comfortable.”

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