Island forest firefighters bound for Ontario
Four Island forest firefighters will leave for northern Ontario today (July 12) as part of an Initial Attack fire team helping with the region’s increasingly serious wildfire situation.
High temperatures, dry conditions, and thunderstorms in northern Ontario have helped to create the current fire emergency.
“Firefighters from my department have travelled to fire sites in western and northern Canada in recent years and we are pleased to be able to support this new request too,” Communities, Land and Environment Minister Richard Brown said. “In addition to the help they provide, they will also return home with knowledge and skills they can use if PEI should ever face serious wildfires in the future. I wish them a safe journey.”
Most wildfires in Prince Edward Island tend to happen in May and June rather than during the summer months.
The majority of the Island’s forest firefighters are still in the province should conditions change.
For more information contact:
Ken Mayhew, Information Officer,
Forests, Fish and Wildlife Division, Communities, Land and Environment
(902) 368 6450.