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Manitoba crews heading west to fight forest fires

Firefighters tackle a flare up at the Smith Creek fire located on a hillside in West Kelowna, B.C., Saturday, July, 19, 2014. Manitoba is sending crews to British Columbia and the Northwest Territories to help battle forest fires there.

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Firefighters tackle a flare up at the Smith Creek fire located on a hillside in West Kelowna, B.C., Saturday, July, 19, 2014. Manitoba is sending crews to British Columbia and the Northwest Territories to help battle forest fires there.

Manitoba is sending some manpower out west to help battle forest fires.

The province announced this morning that two crews are heading to British Columbia and the Northwest Territories to assist in the firefighting efforts in those regions.

One crew of 20 was deployed to Kamloops, while a second crew of 20 was sent to Yellowknife. Members of both crews are specially trained ground crews and will be assigned to duty upon arrival.

Manitoba recently welcomed home an air attack officer who had been directing water bombers on a fire suppression mission in the Northwest Territories.

The province indicated it may send another attack officer to the region should circumstances dictate.

 

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