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British Columbia government probes controlled burn

The British Columbia government is investigating whether a controlled burn started by members of the BC Wildfire Service destroyed property and injured cattle near Clinton, B.C. The government received complaints from ranchers who want compensation for losses to livestock, rural structures, woodlots, private timber, grazing areas and fencing.

British Columbia wildfires scorch area larger than P.E.I.

The BC Wildfire Service says the province has experienced 892 wildfires since April 1, which have scorched more than 591,000 hectares. BC Wildfire spokesman Kevin Skrepnek told Global News the area burned is larger than the province of Prince Edward Island.

Officials investigate fatal North Bay fire

Investigators with the Ontario Office of the Fire Marshal are looking into the cause of a fatal motel fire in North Bay, Ont. North Bay Fire Services told CBC News crews were called to the Nipissing Inn just after 8 a.m., Wednesday, where a man was found dead inside a rented room. The cause of the fire is unknown.
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Making a mayday call

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Mill fire closes section of Trans-Canada Highway

Roads closures affected residents in Abbotsford, B.C., after a large fire broke out at a mill in the city’s west end Wednesday evening. The fire started at the Precision Custom lumberyard and put two of the company’s kiln buildings at risk. The mill is located near the Trans-Canada and Fraser highways, forcing the closure of both on Wednesday. The roads have since been re-opened » Read more...

Jim Kay hired as deputy chief in Toronto

Toronto Fire Services has hired former Ontario Deputy Fire Marshal Jim Kay as its new deputy chief of training and technical operations. Kay began his career in the fire services as an operations firefighter in Burlington, Ont., later filling various roles from chief training officer to deputy fire chief. In 2000, he joined the Hamilton Fire Department as a deputy chief and was promoted to chief in 2004. Kay begin his new role with Toronto Fire Services on Sept. 11. » Read more...

Man sets house on fire trying to remove wasp’s nest

The fire chief in Thunder Bay, Ont., say a resident lit his house on fire Monday while trying to get rid of a wasp's nest. Chief John Hay told The Canadian Press the man removed the nest, poured gasoline on it, and lit a fire. The fire quickly spread from the nest damaging the resident's home. Crews quickly extinguished the blaze and no one was injured. » Read more...

Association of Yukon Fire Chiefs annual conference

August 17-20, 2017
Location: Dawson City, Yukon
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FireFit Championships presented by Scott Safety

August 5-6, 2017
Location: Conception Bay, N.L.
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September 7-10, 2017
Location: Thunder Bay, Ont.
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