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Alberta gets help from Yukon firefighters

July 12, 2012, Zama City, Alta. – The first firefighters from outside Alberta have arrived in the province to help battle a blaze that has forced people to flee their homes.

July 12, 2012
By The Canadian Press

July 12, 2012, Zama City, Alta. – The first firefighters from outside Alberta have arrived in the province to help battle a blaze that has forced people to flee their homes.

Wildfire information officer Janelle Robb says 21 firefighters from the Yukon are working on a blaze burning about 10 kilometres from the northern hamlet of Zama City, Alta.

Robb says that brings to about 140 the number of firefighters at the site.

Between 150 and 200 permanent residents and transient workers had to be moved earlier this week from Zama City, which is about 930 kilometres north of Edmonton.

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Robb says the good news is that the fire doesn't appear to have grown overnight or moved closer to the community.

The fire has already burned through about 1,000 square kilometres of timber and bush.