With no relief to hot and dry conditions in sight, Emergency Management BC and the BC Wildfire Services are posed with a new issue.
September brings back school and other responsibilities, and with seasonal workers and students beginning to shift back to their normal routine, firefighters and support staff fighting the fires will take a hit in personnel.
The province has asked the federal government for additional Canadian Armed Forces for support through September.
CAF will be providing an additional 300 trained firefighting members who will assist with the mop-up and monitoring stages of the wildfire season, including air support.
The will also provide temporary lodging for transiting firefighters to and from remote locations.
None of the Province’s requests for military support have included deployments in an armed or law-enforcement capacity, or for front-line fire suppression.
In July, CAF aid helped with emergency airlifts, followed by a second request for assistance in support of the RCMP efforts in the Williams Lake area.
Military personnel have been in place specifically to help with ground and air evacuations, delivering essentials like food supplies by land and air, and maintaining road checkpoints throughout the areas affected by the fires.