NZ sending firefighters to help Canadian fires

August 8, 2017

New Zealand has announced that it is sending 80 firefighters to Canada to help battle massive wildfires in British Columbia.

The 80 men and women will be drawn from Fire and Emergency NZ, the Department of Conservation, and Forestry contractors and fly to Vancouver.

The New Zealanders will join more than 3000 people and 200 planes fighting blazes in British Columbia, where about 135 fires are burning.

The fires in Canada are some of the worst in recent memory. British Columbia has suffered the worst of the damage, with more than 860 wildfires over the summer, of which at least 138 are still said to be burning.

An estimated 4,910 square kilometres have burned to the ground since the beginning of April.

The wildfires have created so much smoke, the disaster can be seen from space.

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my dad is one of those 80 fire figthers in canadia


Saddest thing I've ever heard


that is so so sad




this should not be happening


I feel sad for the people affected by the fire. Thinking of you all


One of my best friend is beening an international student in Canada


Im from Canada thats so sad


Its good nz helping but bad canada having fires


how scary!


that is bad news


i am living in nz and i am from nz and that is what nz does so i am not surprised* even though i love the help and effort that firefighters in nz put into their job!




It is good that New Zealand is sending fire fighters to help save the Canadian fires


that is relly sad