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B.C. crews battle wildfires across the province

Several wildfires across British Columbia have crews working around the clock as warm, dry weather conditions persist. BC Wildfire Service says the latest fire was discovered Sunday 30 kilometres north of Harrison Hot Springs and is an estimated 60 hectares in size. A lightning-caused fire 12 kilometres east of Burton in the West Kootenay was discovered nearly a week ago and is now 60 per cent contained. The service says a 156-hectare fire about 12 kilometres west of Kamloops is now 80 per cent contained.

MSA to acquire Globe

Fire-service equipment provider MSA announced on June 28 it is buying gear maker Globe in a $215-million, all-cash deal. The acquisition expands MSA's line of firefighting equipment; the companies said in a press release last Wednesday morning that there is no product overlap. The deal is expected to close in the fourth quarter.

Owen Sound council rejects firefighter grievances

Council in Owen Sound, Ont., has rejected union grievances related to shift-trade procedures. The union claims Chief Doug Barfoot violated terms of the collective agreement for contracting out but council is backing the chief. The union will present further grievances to council on July 24.
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    Suspicious fire damages Winnipeg hospital

    The roof of a new emergency room still under construction at Winnipeg's Grace Hospital was damaged by fire Monday evening. Crews were called to the site, at the north side of the hospital, around 10:50 p.m. One person is facing charges in connection to the fire. The charges are expected to be laid Tuesday. » Read more...

    Harrison Lake, B.C., fire grows to 115 hectares

    The B.C. Wildfire Service is reporting that the fire on the eastern shores of Harrison Lake has grown to 115 hectares and 20 more firefighters will be on scene Tuesday morning. Fire Information Officer Noelle Kekula says the fire is five per cent contained, but believes fire crews could be in for a long fight. » Read more...

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