Ontario, Alberta crews latest to join fight against hundreds of B.C. wildfires

Weary B.C. firefighters battling hundreds of wildfires are about to get another round of assistance from Alberta and Ontario.

KAMLOOPS, B.C. — Weary B.C. firefighters battling hundreds of wildfires are about to get another round of assistance from Alberta and Ontario.

The B.C. Forest Service says 159 firefighters are due to arrive from those provinces.

Spokeswoman Gwen Eamer says the highly specialized crews will fill-in while their B.C. counterparts take a much needed break.

Once the latest out-of-province contingents arrive, just over 400 visiting firefighters will be at work on some of the more than 400 blazes burning in B.C.

The hardest hit region is the Cariboo Chilcotin, west of Williams Lake, B.C., where a series of fires has charred a total of 500-square kilometres of bush.

No homes have been lost but numerous evacuation orders and alerts are in effect.