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B.C. maintains firefighting contingent in Ontario

Aug. 15, 2011, Victoria, B.C. - British Columbia is maintaining its firefighting presence in Ontario, sending nearly 100 firefighters and other personnel to spell off a group that just returned home.

August 15, 2011
By The Canadian Press

A government news release says the group will replace 99 personnel that have just returned from Ontario, where fire activity remains high.

The latest deployment includes 98 people.

B.C. has sent more than 850 personnel to Ontario since the province's fire season began.

This year marks the slowest fire season in B.C. in the past 10 years, allowing the province to deploy hundreds of firefighters to other provinces.

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In Ontario, more than 850 fires have scorched 575,000 hectares of land this year, compared to the last year, when roughly the same number of fires burned just 14,000 hectares.