Wildfires get B.C. help

British Columbia’s Wildfire Management Branch is sending 103 personnel to help Washington fight several fires

British Columbia’s Wildfire Management Branch is sending 103 personnel to help Washington fight several fires.

Two agency representatives, four 20-person unit crews and 30 single resources, departed Monday for Omak, Washington.

The request was made through the Northwest Compact Agreement, which allows for mutual resource-sharing between Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Alaska, the Yukon, the Northwest Territories, Alberta, Saskatchewan and British Columbia. All associated costs are covered by the receiving jurisdiction.

With the current and forecasted provincial fire situation, adequate resources remain in B.C. to respond appropriately to any activity.

Crews can be deployed for up to 19 days, but can be recalled at any time.

This is the sixth out-of-province deployment this year. Previous deployments have included sending resources to Manitoba, Quebec, Ontario, the Yukon, and Colorado.