North Cowichan firefighters headed to Interior wildfires

North Cowichan firefighters headed to Interior wildfires

North Cowichan firefighters have been called out for duty.

A four-person crew has joined others from around the world to battle the wildfires that continue to burn in B.C.’s interior. “We are thankful to have the resources to help these communities,” says Jon Lefebure, mayor of North Cowichan. “There are a lot of men and women working tirelessly to combat the fires, and it was an easy decision to send our local crew to help lend a hand.”

The crew, stationed in Kelowna, works on a seven-day rotation and changes every Sunday. Each day they are assigned to the area in greatest need of their help.

“Conditions are changing at a moment’s notice,” said South End Hall fire chief Scott Henning. “We’re staying prepared and are ready to move where and when we are needed”.

They’ve got one of the municipality’s pumper trucks with them but fear not, there are still plenty of resources in the Cowichan region should the need arise.

A provincial state of emergency was called in July and remains in place as the wildfires continue to burn.

Look here for the current wildfire situation and to learn more about fire safety and evacuation protocols.

To report a wildfire call 1-800-663-5555 or *5555 on a cell phone.

sarah.simpson@cowichanvalleycitizen.com