BC crews sent to help Alta.

Over 260 BC Wildfire Service firefighters are being sent to Alberta to help battle a large wildfire.

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says the Chuckegg Creek fire is about five kilometres from a northern Alberta town.

Starting Wednesday, the BC Wildfire Service is sending 267 personnel to Alberta. Of the 267, there will be 10 initial attack crews and 10 unit crews, three agency representatives, a 19-person incident management team and 14 supervisors.

The fire has been burning for several days, but grew substantially from Sunday, when it covered about 25,000 hectares, to an estimated 69,000 hectares on Monday.

Nearly 5,000 people have been told to leave High Level, as well as the Bushe River Reserve due to the blaze.

“The BC Wildfire Service recognizes the importance of sharing firefighting resources given the invaluable assistance Alberta has provided to B.C. during the last two wildfire seasons, which were the worst in the province's history,” said fire information officer Kyla Fraser.

Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre, which co-ordinates the mutual sharing of firefighting resources between B.C. and other jurisdictions, requested the BC Wildfire Service's assistance.

All associated costs are covered by the jurisdiction that requested the resources.

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