Soldiers wrap up operations in Saskatchewan wildfire zone
With forest fire situation improving, Canadian Forces redeploying on Monday
In another sign Saskatchewan's wildfire situation is abating, the Canadian Armed Forces are winding down their operations today.
About 1,000 troops have been on the fire lines and in support roles, putting out hot spots, moving hoses and performing other chores.
Although there are still about 100 fires burning in the province's north, rain and cooler weather has allowed civilian fire crews to make progress managing them.
On Sunday, the federal government said it has decided to redeploy troops out of the fire zones following consultations between the provincial government, Public Safety Canada and the Canadian Armed Forces.
"I would like to thank the Canadian Armed Forces for quickly responding to the urgent need for support in fighting Saskatchewan's wildfires," Steven Blaney, Canada's minister of public safety and emergency preparedness, said in a news release.
"I would also like to recognize the dedication and the resilience of the brave firefighters, volunteer organizations and other emergency responders who have been working tirelessly since the beginning of the fires."
Premier Brad Wall tweeted out his appreciation to the Canadian Armed Forces.
"Thanks to 1000+ women and men for tireless efforts," Wall said.
Spoke w/Gen Eyre yesterday. <a href="https://twitter.com/CFOperations">@CFOperations</a> wrap up <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/skfire?src=hash">#skfire</a> mission Monday. Thx to 1000+ women&men for tireless efforts <a href="http://t.co/2SsQtQ8ebL">pic.twitter.com/2SsQtQ8ebL</a>—@PremierBradWall