Some 40 to 50 “overhead personnel”–supervisors, specialists and technical experts–from Ontario, Manitoba, B.C. and Alberta left today.
Another 230 firefighters, mainly from British Columbia and Alberta, are leaving Friday, according to Edwin Gillis, fire centre manager with the Winnipeg-based Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre.
Alberta Wildfire tweeted Tuesday that 45 crew members would be dispatched to Oregon this week, but it wasn’t clear whether they were part of the national contingent.
They have now returned home.
Gillis told The Canadian Press that no other added resources are currently planned, but there could be more deployments depending on any specific arrangements that exist between states and the provinces.
The wildfires are currently raging across some 18,000 square kilometres in Oregon, California and Washington, laying waste to several small towns, destroying thousands of homes and killing at least 36 people.
The fires in Oregon have–so far–killed at least eight people, destroyed more than 1,000 homes and scorched more than 4,000 square kilometres.
So far, there have been 3,621 wildfires that burned 235,124 hectares in 2020.
This compares to the 10-year average (to date) of 5,639 wildfires burning nearly 2.9 million hectares.
This winter, dozens of Canadian firefighters deployed to Australia to fight fires there.
With files from CBC News, The Canadian Press (James McCarten), RCI