Charlie Lake Fire Department sends second crew south, welcomes first crew home

The Charlie Lake Fire Department (CLFD) is sending a second crew to southern BC to help fight forest fires.

Volunteer firefighters Jason Mukjiha and Kyle Winters were deployed to the BC Wildfire Service’s Kamloops office and began working yesterday on an eight-day rotation to help fight a fire near Falkland, a town midway between Kamloops and Vernon.

The first CLFD crew, deployed in early August, arrived back in Fort St. John today after fighting fires in the Osoyoos and Falkland area. “The crew performed exceptionally well in challenging circumstances,” says CLFD Chief Edward Albury. “They are pleased that they could help out communities that are in dire need of assistance.”

The Peace River Regional District operates the CLFD, which will send a third crew south to relieve the second crew if necessary.

“I’m extremely proud of our Charlie Lake Fire Department volunteers, and I thank them for stepping up to support firefighting operations in areas of the province that are, just as the Peace region is, vulnerable to forest fires,” says Peace River Regional District Board Chair Brad Sperling.

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