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Saskatchewan sends help to battle B.C. wildfires
Instagram user @clinttrahan captured this image of smoke billowing near 100 Mile House. (Clint Trahan)
Published Monday, July 10, 2017 12:46PM CST
Last Updated Monday, July 10, 2017 6:00PM CST
Saskatchewan is providing assistance to help fight raging wildfires in B.C.’s interior.
"We're happy to help British Colombia,” Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall said Monday.
“We got a lot of help in our province not too long ago when the fires were raging in northern Saskatchewan and so, we want to be there."
Saskatchewan has already sent two air tankers, a bird dog aircraft and a wildfire investigator to the area. Pumps and hoses are being sent to Chilliwack, B.C. on Monday.
On Tuesday, 20 firefighters and 16 overhead team members from Saskatchewan will join the battle against the wildfires, which have forced 14,000 people from their homes.
The provincial government says it can spare firefighting resources because the wildfire situation is currently below average in Saskatchewan.
As of Monday, there was only one active forest fire burning in Saskatchewan in the Ile-a-la-Crosse area, but officials say the fire is contained.
"We had a wet spring,” said Steve Roberts, Saskatchewan’s executive director of wildfire management. “Even though we are ready for fires, we didn't get that either started or those that started didn't get very large. We were able to contain those."
Officials say out of the 110 forest fires that have started in Saskatchewan this year, most were caused by humans.