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Controlled burn sparks blaze in British Columbia Interior

BC Wildfire Service crews have accidentally sparked a blaze near Clinton, B.C., while burning off fuel to contain one of many fires raging across the province’s Interior. BC Wildfire spokesperson Kevin Skrepnek says embers ignited a nearby hillside as part of a controlled burn Tuesday against the more than 80, 000 hectare Elephant Hill fire, burning west of Kamloops. Skrepnek says shifting winds caused the fire expand outside of their control.

Expanding wildfires force new evacuation orders

Growing wildfires in British Columbia’s Interior forced new evacuation orders Wednesday afternoon. The evacuation order prompted by the Elephant Hill fire has expanded to include areas southwest of Clinton. Further north, a wildfire west of Quesnel, which has grown to 35, 000 hectares in size, prompted an evacuation order Tuesday that includes the Tatelkuz Lake Area.

New Brunswick residents return home after forest fire

Residents of Miscou Island in northeast New Brunswick were allowed to return to their homes Tuesday night, as crews contained a forest fire about 50 hectares in size. The blaze broke out Saturday, forcing officials to evacuate about 25 homes on the island. The fire was deemed as contained late Tuesday, but Department of Energy and Resource Development spokesman Shawn Berry told The Canadian Press about 40 firefighters continue to patrol the area for hot spots.
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Stop, talk and console: Five things firefighters should change to maintain good mental health

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Risky business: Coroner’s jury recommends halt to dangerous training

Jurors at the inquest into the training deaths of firefighters Adam Brunt and Gary Kendall recommended the province of Ontario develop a standard for swift-water rescue training in cold water. As Canadian Firefighter editor Laura King reports, the inquest will likely lead to changes in the private firefighter training industry » Learn more
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Former Sault Ste. Marie fire chief charged with fraud

Ontario Provincial Police charged Mike Figliola, Sault Ste. Marie’s former fire chief, with fraud, uttering a forged document, and breach of trust on Tuesday. Just one day earlier, city council named Peter Johnson as its new chief. Figliola is scheduled to appear in court Aug. 28. » Read more...

Toronto first responders talk man down from crane

Toronto police and firefighters responded to a call Wednesday night about a man stuck on a crane at a downtown construction site. Authorities arrived on scene at about 11:30 p.m. Police and a psychiatrist spent three hours negotiating with the man, who later descended about 20 metres from the crane to an aerial ladder of a fire truck. There was no immediate word whether charges will be laid. » Read more...

Firefighter bravery awards tainted by murder details

In November, three senior members of the Halton Hills Fire Department were presented provincial bravery medals for attempting to rescue one of their own, who died in a fire alongside his wife at their home in 2015. However, the story presented to the Ontario Ministry Community Safety and Correctional Services for medal consideration did not disclose that firefighter Trevor McNally murdered his wife Suzanne Nesbitt-McNally before setting fire to their home. Nesbitt-McNally’s family has spoken out against the awards, as the department overlooked their daughter’s murder. » Read more...

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