Manitoba Sends Firefighters West to Help Battle Forest Fires

Forest Fire
(ALYSSA MCDONALD / METRO WINNIPEG FILE)

Manitoba is sending two fire-fighting crews to help battle forest fires in the Northwest Territories and British Columbia.

Forty firefighters were to leave Tuesday, with one crew of 20 being deployed to Kamloops, while the second team has been sent to Yellowknife.

The province says the personnel are specially trained ground crews and will be assigned their tasks upon arrival.

An air attack officer from Manitoba has just returned from directing water bombers on a fire suppression mission in the Northwest Territories and another air attack officer may soon be sent to perform similar duties.

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