Flying over to help with fire

With B.C. continuing to battle wildfires, two groups of specialized wildfire fighters from Australia and Nova Scotia will be coming to B.C. to assist.

About 50 wildfire personnel form Australia, including a combination of officers and technical specialists, are scheduled to arrive in Vancouver on Wednesday.

British Columbia has had a mutually beneficial wildfire management relationship with Australia for over 10 years.

Meanwhile, a group of elite Nova Scotia firefighters will also join the front lines.

Twenty firefighters will make their way from Halifax to Kamloops and Prince George on Tuesday.

Jim Rudderham, forest protection operations manager for Nova Scotia, said the "Type 1" crew is made up of "upper-level firefighters" who volunteered for the task.

The crew will work 12-hour shifts for 14 days straight in intense conditions.

The BC Wildfire Service has responded to 657 wildfires so far this season. About half of those were caused by lightning.

For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, go to www.bcwildfire.ca

– with files from The Canadian Press 

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