Manitoba crews head to forest fire battle in B.C., N.W.T.
Manitoba is sending two crews to help battle forest fires in the Northwest Territories and British Columbia.
Jesse Davy left Tuesday morning with the Yellowknife-bound team.
"I think it’ll be a great experience for our guys," said Davy. "We’ve had a fairly slow season here, we've had a busy past few weeks helping out with the floods, but really eager to get out there and get to work."
Davy said the firefighters are all specially trained to combat forest fires, but noted how difficult they are to contain when compared against fighting building fires.
"These initial attack personnel are specially-trained ground crews and will be assigned their tasks upon arrival," states a news release from the province.
One Manitoba air attack officer has just returned from directing water bombers in the NWT.
Another air attack officer may soon be sent to perform similar duties, the province said.
As of Monday, half a dozen evacuation orders remained in three B.C. regions where crews continued to battle wildfires despite cooler temperatures.
Nearly 190 fires are burning in the Northwest Territories.
With files from The Canadian Press