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As fight continues against wildfires in British Columbia, Fort St. John sends help

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PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – Crews are continuing the battle against numerous wildfires across the province and the City of Fort St. John is sending help.

The City of Fort St. John Fire Department will be sending equipment and five firefighters to Williams Lake to assist with the central interior wildfires.

“Our family and friends are being impacted by the fires around their communities, so we’ve stepped up to help where we can,” spoke Mayor Ackerman. “Council has ensured that the city will continue to be protected and has agreed to send 1 engine truck, 1 pick-up truck, and 5 firefighters to our neighbours in the central interior.”

The crew will be deployed on Friday for approximately 12-14 days. After six days, a fresh crew of five firefighters will replace them.

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There are currently 167 wildfires burning in British Columbia. Since April 1, 2017, there have been a total of 616 wildfires in the province that have burned a total of 114,929 hectares.

According to the BC Wildfire Service, there are 2,991 firefighters and other personnel currently fighting the fires including 363 from out-of-province, 1,020 contractors and there are 192 helicopters and planes supporting ground crews.

Approximately 16,250 people are currently on evacuation order due to wildfires and there are 39 evacuation orders in place and 24 evacuation alerts.

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