Hay River firefighters (from left) Terence Fischer, Morgan Monkman and Ralph Sanguez with High Level deputy fire chief Scott Smith. Photo: Town of High Level
Firefighters from Hay River are providing backup in northern Alberta as communities in the region deal with large and damaging forest fires.
The Town of High Level said on Tuesday that three members of Hay River’s fire department were assisting in and around the town while its own firefighters help residents of smaller communities.
“They are in the community in a support role while members of the High Level Fire Department are providing mutual aid to our neighbours fighting fires in Fox Lake and near Rainbow Lake,” the town stated.
Both Fox Lake and Rainbow Lake have been evacuated in recent days, with some of their residents seeking shelter in High Level. Alberta has declared a state of emergency over the severe start to this year’s wildfire season in the province.
Hay River volunteers Terence Fischer, Ralph Sanguez and Morgan Monkman arrived on Sunday and had already worked on two brush fires east of High Level by Monday afternoon, the town stated.