Cape Bre­ton fire­fight­ers bat­tling Al­berta wild­fires

Cape Breton Post - - CAPE BRETON - BY CHRIS SHAN­NON SYD­NEY

Six Cape Bre­ton fire­fight­ers are among a group of Nat­u­ral Re­sources work­ers de­ployed to north­ern Al­berta on Tues­day to bat­tle in­tense wild­fires in tin­der dry con­di­tions.

There are cur­rently 95 fires burn­ing across the Prairie province, in­clud­ing 11 ig­nited on Thurs­day alone, ac­cord­ing to Nova Sco­tia’s di­rec­tor of for­est pro­tec­tion John Ross.

A to­tal of 16 fire­fight­ers vol­un­teered for the two-week mis­sion, 65 kilo­me­tres north of the ham­let of Lac la biche, Alta. The com­mu­nity is about a 2.5-hour drive north­east of Ed­mon­ton.

“They’re on the west side of the fire and they’ve been tasked with putting out flare-ups and hot spots right now,” Ross said on Fri­day.

The fire is con­sid­ered out-of­con­trol at this point. The fire- fight­ers will be on mostly flat ter­rain with some hilly ar­eas.

Al­berta crews have been stretched to the limit and have asked other prov­inces for sup­port through the Cana­dian In­ter­a­gency For­est Fire Cen­tre.

This is the sec­ond de­ploy­ment of Nova Sco­tia fire­fight­ers. The first group was sent to Al­berta in early June.

The DNR crew that left Tues­day in­cluded John Bur­rell from the Baddeck of­fice; Carey Ross and Kyle Ro­mard from the Mar­ga­ree of­fice; and Julius Wuk­itsch, Nolan Boutilier and Bradley Wil­son from the Cox­heath of­fice.

Light­ning in the north­east­ern part of the province over the past 24 hours may have started more fires but crews should see a re­prieve at the be­gin­ning of the week, Ross said.

“There is some rain forecast for the first part of next week, which will help.”

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