New Brunswick fire­fight­ers to help bat­tle fires in B.C.

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ATLANTIC - BY KEVIN BIS­SETT

A crew of 21 fire­fight­ers from New Brunswick is headed across the coun­try to help bat­tle for­est fires in Bri­tish Columbia.

At least 220 fires are burn­ing and more than 8,500 peo­ple have been forced from their homes, in­clud­ing about 1,500 or­dered out of 100 Mile House, B.C., on Sun­day night.

Julien Bourque of Rogersville, N.B., said he’s anx­ious to pro­vide “boots on the ground.”

“They have quite a few fires there and seem pretty busy so they need help from other prov­inces,” he said.

This is the fourth year in a row Bourque has been dis­patched to fight fires in other prov­inces.

He and Hay­ley Hal­li­han of Mi­ramichi, N.B., spent part of last sum­mer fight­ing fires that rav­aged Al­berta.

Hal­li­han spent two weeks bat­tling the fires around Fort McMur­ray and she said she is pre­pared for what she will face in Bri­tish Columbia.

“It’s go­ing to be pretty hec­tic out there, but I guess we’ll be work­ing long days and lug­ging a lot of hose around and do­ing what­ever they need us to do,” she said.

This will be Hal­li­han’s fifth time go­ing to Western Canada to help fight fires, but she says this one is a bit per­sonal.

“I know some peo­ple out there who have had some dif­fi­culty like hav­ing their prop­er­ties burn down, so it feels great to go out and help and do what we can,” she said.

Roger Col­let, New Brunswick’s fire pre­ven­tion of­fi­cer, said all 21 New Brunswick­ers go­ing to B.C. will be work­ing the fire lines.


A for­est fire burns out of con­trol near 100 Mile House, B.C., over the week­end. More than 20 New Brunswick fire­fight­ers are head­ing to B.C. to help bat­tle an out­break of for­est fires caused by hot, dry con­di­tions.

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