Australia sends wildfire personnel to fight flames in BC’s Interior

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While parts of BC’s Interior continue to burn, specialized wildfire personnel from Australia will be offering their assistance.

Firefighters arriving in Vancouver on Wednesday, July 19th

50 personnel, including officers and technical specialists, will arrive in Vancouver on Wednesday and be deployed throughout BC.

They could remain in the province for up to 38 days, where they will help contain the fires and allow much-needed relief to BC firefighters.

BC and Australia have had a wildfire management relationship for more than 10 years and allows the exchange of personnel, knowledge, skills and support in times of emergency.

BC and Australia’s fire management relationship 

Firefighters in BC had been deployed to Australia in 2007 and 2009 to help with fire seasons, while Australian firefighters arrived in BC in 2009, 2014 and 2015.

More than 1600 provincial staff, 940 BC contractors and 450 out-of-province personnel are currently fighting the flames in BC.

The hot and dry weather has contributed to the high fire danger this year, with most of BC experiencing “high” to “extreme” fire danger rating.

So far this year, BC Wildfire Services has responded to 657 wildfires, half of which were caused by lightning.

You can report a wildfire or unattended campfire by calling 1-800-663-5555 or text 5555.