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Posted on: August 4, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Mass. Wildfire Crew deployed to British Columbia

Text Box: Massachusetts DCR and DFW wildland firefighters at staging area, Hopkinton State Park Thursday morning.

FYI.  The Wildfire Crew is well on their way to British Columbia for a two week assignment with two crews from Quebec to assist with heavy wildfire activity throughout the interior portion of the province. Massachusetts firefighters are comprised of 14 from Mass DCR and 2 from Mass DFW.   Crew leadership reports the crew has performed excellent through the first phase of the mobilization.  They are energized and excited to get assigned to one of the 110 large fires currently burning and represent Massachusetts, the United States and the Northeast Forest Fire Compact in the highest regard. 

Stouts Creek Fire.jpgMassachusetts Dept of Conservation and Recreation

Out of State Wildland Fire Mobilization Briefing

Friday 8-4-17


There is currently 1 mobilization ongoing from Massachusetts to British Columbia, Canada. 

Massachusetts Wildfire Crew- MA#1- Wildfire  Hand Crew

20 Person Hand crew:  14 DCR, 2 DFW, 4 New Hampshire (NHS)

Crew Boss:          Alan Smith, NHS (State)

                                Roy Liard, MAS-DCR (Crew BossTrainee)


Assignment:                      NE Compact Assistance to BC Canada

Location:                             Interior BC (No specific Fire Assigned yet)



Total Personnel :               

Incident Information:   


Text Box: MAS#1 Crew briefing at Fire Center in Quebec CityThe MAS#1 Crew was mobilized on 8-3-17 and mustered at Hopkinton State Park Headquarters where gear was checked, weighed and prepared for transportation to Quebec City, Canada.  Crew loaded a bus at 0900.  First stop was New Hampshire to pick up 4 NHS firefighters, including the qualified crew boss to make up a full 20 person handcrew (standard size).   Crew successfully crossed the border with no issues and arrived in Quebec, where they have linked up with the Quebec SOPFEU Forest Fire Agency.  They will link up with 2 Quebec Wildfire Handcrews for the final flight to British Columbia this morning.  A Quebec Liaison will be assigned to MAS#1 for the duration of the assignment. 

Destination is Prince George, where there is a large fire camp to support crews.  They will be embedded and in briefed on the British Columbia fire system and the fire issues facing then over the next 14 days. 


BC Fire Map 8-4-17.jpgThe Mobilization is facilitated through the Northeast Forest Fire Compact, of which Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Quebec have been strong participating member for over 60 years. 


Current Situation:  There are over 110 large fire burning within the interior portion of BC totaling over 1 million acres.  Resources from Mexico have also been tapped through an international agreement.  Fire activity is being driven by extremely dry fuel conditions resulting from little to no precipitation over the last few months combined with abnormally high temperatures reaching the upper 90’s this past week.  Little to no precipitation is expected over the next 2 weeks. 



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