Help on the Way to Fight Fires from Nova Scotia

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Two USFS BAE-146 retardant air tankers began air attack on Kenora Fire 018 on the afternoon of May 10 as part of a quick-strike agreement between Ontario, Manitoba, the U.S and the Great Lakes Forest Fire Compact.
Two USFS BAE-146 retardant air tankers began air attack on Kenora Fire 018 on the afternoon of May 10 as part of a quick-strike agreement between Ontario, Manitoba, the U.S and the Great Lakes Forest Fire Compact.

Thunder Bay – WILDFIRE Update – Help is on the way for firefighters across the region.

Nova Scotia has answered the call to help fight wildfires in Ontario, Manitoba and British Columbia.

Twenty-three Department of Lands and Forestry wildland firefighters and one agency representative will fight alongside other crews to gain control of forest fires that are currently burning out of control.

The Nova Scotia firefighters will leave Halifax on Friday, July 16, and join other Atlantic Canadian firefighters to form two 17-person crews. One is headed to Thunder Bay, and the other to Winnipeg.

Nova Scotia also sent one fire investigator to British Columbia last week.

Nova Scotia is a member of the Canadian Mutual Aid Resource Sharing Agreement, which ensures all provinces and territories will receive help if forest fires become too large to handle. The affected province covers the costs of the jurisdictions that are sending help.

Quick Facts:

  • requests for assistance from other jurisdictions are coordinated through the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre
  • crews follow strict protocols to reduce transmission of COVID-19 so they can work safely during fire management operations in other jurisdictions