VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – It’s a win-win situation for both sides when fire crews from BC are deployed out of province. That’s because every time BC sends firefighters to another jurisdiction, that jurisdiction picks up the tab.

Last year, 2,000 personnel were dispatched across North America to help with wildfires, bringing in $30-million to the province.

So far this year, around 400 fire crews have been sent to Quebec and Ontario to help deal with tinder dry conditions and massive wildfires. We also had crews just return from helping out in Manitoba.
Fire Information Officer Fionna Tollovsen says when crews are deployed, they can be out of province for up to 14 days.

“We continually assess the situation in BC and if the situation does change, those crews can be recalled at any time,” notes Tollovsen.

She adds currently BC is in pretty good shape, but they continue to keep an eye things.

“So far the danger rating remains between very low and low across most of the province. There are some areas of moderate to high, so we will continue to monitor the situation and we will always ensure that the resources required remain in BC.”

The low fire rating means fires can start easily and spread quickly but there is small involvement of deeper fuel layers or larger fuels. A moderate rating means forest fuels are drying and there is an increased risk of surface fires starting.