Saturday, November 22, 2014

More fire aid sent west: MNR

The resource sharing continues as Ontario deployed more personnel to Prince George in British Columbia. Included in yesterday’s deployment are a total of 72 FireRangers and four overhead staff.
To date, there are 464 personnel from the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry on assignment in the Northwest Territories (120), Alberta (121), and British Columbia (223) to assist in their forest fire management efforts.

These personnel are from Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services bases across the province and are FireRanger crews, Incident Management Team (IMT) members as well as specialists in areas such as fire behaviour analysis, liaison and helicopter coordination.
In the Northwest Territories, there are 20 overhead staff and 100 FireRangers. In British Columbia, there are 91 overhead staff and 132 FireRangers. At Parks Canada in Alberta, there are nine overhead staff and 112 FireRangers.
Additional resources have been requested and Ontario is organizing for further dispatches later this week
As of yesterday evening, there are two active fires in the Northwest region with no new fires reported yesterday. Both of these fires are in the far north of Red Lake District and are being monitored. The forest fire hazard is “moderate” to “extreme” throughout the region.
For FireSmart tips visit www.ontario.ca/fireprevention

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