Manitoba firefighters arrive in Alberta to support the wildfire fight
Manitobans encouraged to stay vigilant to prevent wildfires
May 12, 2023 By Government of Manitoba
As Manitoba firefighters arrive to support the wildfire fight in Alberta, the Manitoba government is closely monitoring fire conditions at home, Natural Resources and Northern Development Minister Greg Nesbitt has announced.
“It is critical that Manitoba lends support and resources to our neighbours in Alberta during this unprecedented start to their fire season,” said Nesbitt. “Many Manitobans are looking forward to the start of camping and fishing season in the coming days and we all must remember to do our part to prevent wildfires whether we’re at home, at the cottage, or enjoying the backcountry.”
Alberta is currently in a state of emergency as firefighters respond to nearly 100 active wildfires throughout the province. One tanker group from Manitoba has now arrived at a base in Lac La Biche. The tanker group has eight personnel associated with it and they will be deployed where needed, the minister noted.
There have been 16 wildfires in Manitoba to date, including two new fires in the last 24 hours in the Western region. All have been caused by humans, but none are a concern at this time. One tanker group is currently activated in Manitoba, with a second tanker group on standby.
The minister noted that May 7 to 13 has been recognized as Emergency Preparedness Week.
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