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Red Lake fire crews offer a glimpse of fire fighting operations out west

Extreme hot and dry conditions in western Canada this summer have led to one of the worst forest fire seasons in history for provinces like British Columbia and Alberta as well as the Northwest Territories.

As of earlier this week, the fire hazard in a large section of northeastern B.C. and the northwest part of Alberta was still high to extreme. In the Northwest Territories it had mostly dropped to low to moderate, with a small pocket of high to extreme.

The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry continues to provide support to the western provinces and the Northwest Territories in a firefighting effort that has been ongoing since mid-summer. Here are some photos Red Lake crews shared with The Northern Sun News from a recent rotation in Alberta.

Crew members "mop up." Supplied photo.
Crew members “mop up.” Supplied photo.
Ignition operation. Supplied photo.
Ignition operation. Supplied photo.
Crew member prepare to take off in the morning. Supplied photo.
Crew member prepare to take off in the morning. Supplied photo.
Smoke wafts from a fire on the mountainside.
Smoke wafts from a fire on the mountainside. Supplied photo.

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