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BC Minister’s statement on Australian wildfire support

By Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development
Government of British Columbia
December 3, 2019
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, has issued the following statement regarding the deployment of BC Wildfire Service staff to Australia: “On Dec. 3, 2019, the BC Wildfire Service will send seven of its operational personnel to Australia to assist with firefighting efforts there, as part of a contingent of 22 Canadians. It’s only late spring in Australia, but an early and extreme wildfire season in the eastern part of the country has already stretched Australia’s firefighting resources and led to fatalities, property losses and the destruction of large areas of New South Wales and Queensland. Currently, Australia has about 1,100 firefighters working on its wildfires. The Australian government has reached out to the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre for assistance, and British Columbia will deploy some of our highly trained wildfire services staff. …The Canadian contingent leaves for a 38-day deployment, with an anticipated return date of Jan. 10, 2020. 

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