Manitoba is sending two crews to help battle forest fires in the Northwest Territories and British Columbia.

Forest fire

The Smith Creek wildfire in West Kelowna grew from 200 to 250 hectares from Thursday night to Friday morning. (Courtesy Jonathan Springer)

One crew of 20 firefighters has been deployed to Kamloops, B.C., while a second team of 20 has been sent to Yellowknife, NWT.

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.

"It's quite different just because it's not a contained area, lot more fuel," he said. "They get to the point when there's not much we can do about them. We try to steer them away but sometimes it's pretty tough going up there."

Firefighters from Manitoba

Firefighters from Manitoba gather in Winnipeg on Monday, getting ready to be deployed to battle blazes in BC and the Northwest Territories. (Kiran Dhillon/CBC)

"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