Nova Scotia Firefighters Prepare To Depart For B.C.

Posted on Monday, July 17, 2017 04:37 AM

More than 16,000 people have been displaced by fires in British Columbia.

Firefighters from Nova Scotia will soon be on the way to help.

The Department of Natural Resources says a 21-person crew is leaving Halifax early Tuesday morning.

The crew includes two people from Lunenburg County, one from Queens and another from Yarmouth.

They will be in B.C. for two weeks to help control and extinguish more than 160 active wildfires.

Minister of Natural Resources Margaret Miller says provincial wildfire fighters are well trained and ready to help in difficult conditions.

Nova Scotia's crew will be joined by others from New Brunswick, P.E.I., Newfoundland and Labrador, and Quebec.

The B.C. government will cover the costs to bring firefighters from other provinces or territories.