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Military deployed to Alberta to help battle unprecedented wildfires

The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) has begun to move out to support Alberta

May 12, 2023  By Government of Alberta

Christie Tucker, information unit manager, Alberta Wildfire, provided an update, from Edmonton on Thursday, May 11, 2023, on the Alberta wildfire situation. Photo by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta.

Troops from 3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (3PPCLI) and 1 Combat Engineer Regiment (1CER) are moving out to establish bases of operations in the province.

Army reserve soldiers drawn from across Alberta will deploy this week. Over the next few days, these units will deploy to the Grande Prairie, Fox Creek and Drayton Valley areas.

Albertans will see this movement by vehicle on roads and in the air, as some forces and equipment will be moved by Royal Canadian Air Force fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters.

This movement and the establishment of these positions will create bases of operations for the forces to conduct fire mitigation efforts under the supervision of Alberta Wildfire personnel.


The capabilities the CAF can bring to support Alberta are firefighting support to aid in mop-up operations and basic firefighting duties. Airlift resources for increased mobility and logistical responsibilities, such as evacuating isolated communities, will also be provided. Engineering support will be provided where required, incorporating heavy equipment resources.

The Canadian Armed Forces has been working closely with the Alberta Emergency Management Agency and conducting significant planning and reconnaissance throughout Alberta to determine where they are most needed.

Alberta’s Emergency Management Cabinet Committee continues to meet regularly to respond to the current wildfire situation across the province. Cabinet continues to have decision-making abilities and will make decisions as needed to deal with this emergency.

The most up-to-date evacuation information is available at alberta.ca/emergencyAlberta Emergency Alert or by downloading the Alberta Emergency Alert mobile app, which immediately pushes all alerts out to subscribers. Albertans seeking information or supports can call 310-4455.

Anyone who has been evacuated due to wildfires is asked to register at local reception centres or at emergencyregistration.alberta.ca.


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