Nova Scotia Sending Firefighters To Help Fight Alberta Wildfires

Posted on Thursday, May 23, 2019 06:48 AM

Reinforcements are on the way for firefighters battling in wildfires in Northwestern Alberta.

Nova Scotia is sending a 21-person wildfire fighting crew today to provide aid.

According to a news release from the Department of Lands and Forestry the crew is expected to be on the fireline for about two weeks.

The assistance was requested through the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre, which ensures provinces and territories receive help if forest fires become too large.

The affected province pays the cost of the crews sent from other provinces and territories.

It's not known where the Nova Scotian crew will be placed yet.

Several wildfires are burning out of control in Alberta, including around 92,000 hectares near the town of High Level.

Over 5,000 people have been evacuated in that area.

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