A Manitoba wildfirefighting installation is on fire fighting equipment after a flare-up of the country’s largest wildfire in a century.
The B.C. firefighting crew used the equipment to fight a brush fire in the Fraser River valley Saturday, said Chief Ken Tynan of the B.K. Steel Corporation.
He said the equipment will be used to fight more wildfires in the region and the province.
The flare-ups and the smoke caused a lot of concern, he said.
Tynan said the flare-backs, and the firefighting crews’ concern for their safety, contributed to the installation’s shutdown.
“The equipment is being used for the purposes of fighting fires,” he said Monday.
“The equipment was designed for a different purpose than the purpose of fighting wildfires.”
The flare ups, Tynin said, resulted in more than 400,000 litres of fuel being released into the Fraser Valley, which can be a threat to the environment.
He added that the company will continue to work with the BK Steel Corporation to protect the environment and the people who work with it.
The province is in the process of installing a $2.2-million flare-back system in the city of Nanaimo.