Revelstoke forest firefighters in action over weekend

Canadians are waking up to the massive destruction in Slave Lake, Alberta caused by wind-whipped wildfires. The blaze is reported to have destroyed nearly half the town, which has a population comparable to Revelstoke's.

The wildfire fire season is upon us.

Canadians are waking up to the massive destruction in Slave Lake, Alberta caused by wind-whipped wildfires. The blaze is reported to have destroyed nearly half the town, which has a population comparable to Revelstoke’s.

This morning, the B.C. government announced assistance for Alberta in the form of six 20-person unit crews, six strike team leaders and three agency representatives. They have been put on standby to respond when requested by the Alberta government.

Currently, no Revelstoke personnel will be deployed. “Right now, we don’t have any of our crews alerted to go to Alberta,” says Glen Burgess, Columbia Fire Zone Fire Protection Officer. That could change.

“Because the fire situation is changing rapidly, Alberta officials are still determining the

best locations to base B.C. crews,” said a statement issued late Monday morning by the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations.

The costs for a deployment will be covered by the Alberta government under a mutual aid agreement, which allows for the movement of firefighting resources across Canada, the ministry notes.

While they haven’t been dispatched to Alberta yet, Burgess noted local firefighters went into action this past weekend, fighting a 20-hectare blaze located about 16 kilometres east of Golden near the Trans-Canada Highway. A Revelstoke Unit Crew was dispatched to battle the fire, which was discovered on May 14. It is currently in mop-up stage.

UPDATE: i:30 p.m.:

A provincial Wildfire Management Branch spokesperson has told the Times Review that some of the unit crews heading to Alberta will come from the Southeast Fire Centre. A decision on which crews will attend is due later this afternoon.

 

Just Posted

Kootenay-Columbia MP talks throne speech, USMCA trade deal

Rob Morrison to open constituency office in Cranbrook at 800C Baker St. on Dec. 19

Revy Let’s Talk: Saying goodbye to the CYMHSU

Stacie Byrne is leaving her position to pursue new opportunities

Flurries and slushy roads for Revlestoke area today

Roads and weather conditions for Dec. 14

Low appointed CAO

She has been the interim CAO for the City of Revelstoke for seven months

Jocelyn’s Jottings: Holiday season mixed feelings

Does anyone else have mixed feelings about the holiday season? My aunt… Continue reading

VIDEO: Success of wildlife corridors in Banff National Park has advocates wanting more

Demand for more highway protection escalated after seven elk were killed by a semi-trailer near Canmore

Old Christmas card has ties to Summerland agriculture

Card was sent by former director of Summerland Research Station

Sharks beat Canucks 4-2 to snap 6-game skid

Vancouver visits Vegas on Sunday

Fans sing Canadian anthem after sound system breaks at BMW IBSF World Cup

The Canadians in attendance made sure their team and flag were honoured on the podium

Frosty will have to pay rent to stay on Okanagan sidewalk next Christmas

Vernon Teach and Learn allowed to keep Frosty up, but will need a permit come January 1

Prince George RCMP use bait packages to catch porch pirates over the holidays

First-in-Canada program with Amazon looks to combat parcel theft

WATCH: Fire destroys Big White Ski Resort chalet

Social media eulogies peg the property, nicknamed “The Pharamacy,” as both loved and hated

Conservation officers on the hunt for North Okanagan moose poachers

Officers execute search warrant Friday morning, investigation continues

UPDATE: Highway 1 reopens after vehicle incident near Boston Bar

Initial reports of a jack-knifed semi truck had closed both directions of the highway

Most Read