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B.C. firefighters arriving today

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To assist fire suppression in the Northwest Region, 100 initial attack firefighters from British Columbia were set to arrive today.

A tanker group (two waterbombers and a Birddog aircraft) from Quebec was expected yesterday, which joins another Quebec tanker group that arrived last week.

Resource import is standard operating procedure when fire conditions reach pre-determined levels and are part of a national mutual aid arrangement.

Ontario had crews in Alberta early this season, and for the previous two seasons in B.C., as part of the support agreement.

Meanwhile, three new fires were reported by early yesterday evening—one in Red Lake District and two in Thunder Bay District.

There were 17 new fires by day’s end Sunday, including one in Dryden District, four in Nipigon District, five in Red Lake District, and seven in the Sioux Lookout District.

Red Lake District Fire #84, in the Margaret Lake area, damaged the main power line affecting residents in Slate Falls, Cat Lake, Mishkeegogamang, and the Musselwhite mine.

Smoke will remain an issue, and some existing fires or new ones could cause concern for surrounding First Nation communities.

Sandy Lake, Cat Lake, North Spirit Lake, Kee-way-win, and Koocheching remain on evacuation alert and continue to monitor the situation.

Smoke from surrounding forest fires may drift in and out of all communities.

The First Nation chiefs and Emergency Management Ontario, along with multiple federal and provincial agencies, continue to pre-plan (as a precaution) in the event additional evacuations are needed.

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