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Verdun and Island Lake wildfires grow closer to merging
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Verdun and Island Lake wildfires grow closer to merging

Recent rainy conditions have not had the effect that firecrews working on the Verdun and Island Lake wildfires had hoped for.

Spotty percipitation means there is still an abundance of fuels left dry for burning near the perimeter of the Island Lake fire.

The 70 plus firefighters and 20 helicopters on site today are working to control the west flank, hoping to prevent it from moving closer to the Verdun blaze.

The Verdun fire is currently burning 45 thousand hectares and is listed at 25 percent contained.

Crews of nearly 200 have had a particularly rough time working on the fire the past couple of days with no air support available due to heavy fog and poor visibility mixed with strong winds.

There are over 400 personnel being shared among the Babine complex of fires.

About Jeff Blagden

News Reporter/ Anchor. Originally from Hamilton, Ontario, Jeff has a background in sports journalism, and radio hosting. He comes most recently from his post as a morning show host in Chetwynd.

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