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Firefighting aid has arrived

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Following a resource request made by Ontario to the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Center (CIFFC) in Winnipeg, Ontario will be receiving five 20-person fire crews from B.C. and aircraft from Saskatchewan to support fighting fires across the province.

Ontario also will be receiving 18 firefighters and an agency representative from Wisconsin as part of the Great Lakes Forest Fire Compact.

The GLFFC is made up of three U.S. states and two Canadian provincial natural resources agencies.

They have created a formal association in order to promote effective prevention, pre-suppression, and control of forest fires in the Great Lakes region of the U.S. and adjacent areas of Canada.

The B.C. and Wisconsin crews arrived in Thunder Bay yesterday for a briefing and will be assigned to areas across the province.

Meanwhile, two heavy waterbombers and a birddog (directs and leads the air attack onto target) arrived May 25 from Saskatchewan.

As well, Ontario has sent two flight co-ordinators to CIFFC in Winnipeg to assist in co-ordinating national aircraft for interprovincial-international movements of firefighting staff.

Remaining in Alberta are 85 personnel who deployed there last week, including FireRangers, agency representatives, division supervisors, strike team leaders, helicopter officers, a supply unit leader a service branch director, and an incident management team.

Some 80 personnel returned from Alberta over the long weekend.

After some rest days, they will return to work at their home bases in Ontario.

No new fires were confirmed yesterday in the Northwest Region.

The fire hazard is “low-moderate” in the western portions of the region and “moderate-high” in the eastern portions.

A reminder that the Restricted Fire Zone remains in effect across the region.

Report forest fires by calling 310-FIRE (3473).

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