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New Brunswick firefighters help battle Idaho wildfires

The Department of Natural Resources is providing help to Idaho to fight wildfires raging through the state.

Idaho has lost more than 160,000 hectares of forest to fires in 2015

Eight New Brunswick firefighters are travelling to Idaho to help contain wildfires in the state. (US Forest Service/Reuters)

The Department of Natural Resources is providing help to Idaho to fight wildfires raging through the state.

Eight New Brunswick forest fighters have travelled to Idaho to help fight forest fires.

"These are highly trained staff and they will be assigned to various high-level jobs, known as overhead positions, to assist in the management of large complex fires," said Len Mosher, the manager of the Provincial Fire Centre, in a statement on Friday.

"They will be involved in creating daily operational plans, assisting the finance section, helping with the strategic utilization of resources and managing large numbers of firefighters."

The state has lost more than 160,000 hectares of forest to fires this year.

There are nearly 29,000 firefighters working to put the forest fires out.

The department says it is able to send the firefighters to help because there aren't many fires burning in New Brunswick.

This is the second time this summer that New Brunswick firefighters have travelled out of the province to help contain fires. The department sent about 75 firefighters to western Canada for two weeks to battle forest fires.

Meanwhile, in New Brunswick, two new fires were reported in the province this weekend.

A fire that started on Sunday in the Grand Lake area is reported to be under control

A fire that started Saturday in the Robertville area near Bathurst is still being patrolled.


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