DAWSON CREEK, B.C. — The City of Dawson Creek will be sending a contingent of firefighters to the B.C. Central Interior to help battle the wildfires currently threatening Quesnel, WIlliams Lake, 100 Mile House, Cache Creek, and other areas.
Dawson Creek Mayor Dale Bumstead said that his city was contacted by officials with Emergency Management BC to help battle the fires on Sunday. Bumstead said that his city’s fire department will be sending between eight and 12 professional firefighters and two pieces of equipment to help other fire crews that are currently fighting the over 200 fires burning in our province. According to Bumstead, the crews will be assisting tackle interface fires, which occur where forest fires threaten structures and communities. At this point, it’s not clear when Dawson Creek’s fire crews will make the trip further south.
Fort St. John Fire Chief Fred Burrows said that his department has not yet been asked to assist in the response, though that doesn’t mean that the Fort St. John Fire Department won’t get the call. Burrows said that Fort St. John sent firefighters down south in 2003 to help battle fires in Kelowna and Cranbrook. He added that he thinks that the province will likely contact him within the next week, or possibly sooner if conditions continue to deteriorate.
The Peace River Regional District also says that its personnel are available if need be. PRRD Chief Administrative Officer Chris Cvik says that the regional district has approved requests to supply manpower, though they have said that they will not be sending any apparatus. The Charlie Lake Fire Department, which is overseen by the Regional District, has asked its volunteer members if they would be available to help battle fires in Southern B.C. should the request come in.