Wildfires continue to rage across parts of British Columbia. As of Thursday morning there were 183 reports, 22 of them labelled as 'fires of note.'
The City of Williams Lake, midway between Prince George and Kamloops, has been placed on evacuation alert and a number of smaller communities have been evacuated all around Williams Lake and 100 Mile House, along with hundreds of homes in the Princeton area.
"We're ready to go," stated Scott Campbell, president of Badlands Search and Rescue, which is based out of Rockyford, about half an hour west and south of Drumheller. "It's major stuff that's going on over there and abviously we're here to help; and we're ready to deploy anywhere we're needed."
While the Badlands group is not qualified to actually fight the wildfires, Campbell said there's plenty for them to do, if called upon.
"Haul supplies, haul food and water around , we could assist at aid camps, we could do door to door door knocks, that sort fo thing," he told 99.5 Drum FM. "We're not wildland firefighters and we don't pretend to be, but we can provide support as needed."
"The logistical support in providing food, water and shelter for the firefighters," he continued. "Never mind getting people evacuated: providing that support on the way out, providing support on the way back in, when they start doing the repatriation into affected communities."
Right now they're waiting for a call from the Alberta Fire Commissioner and Emergency Management office.
The Alberta Government has authorized sending 125 firefighters and support staff to BC, along with five air tankers, two birddog planes and 3,000 lengths of hose.
Albertans are encouraged not to travel to British Columbia on their own to provide wildfire response. All response efforts are being coordinated through Emergency Management British Columbia.
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