Military will help as Alberta wildfires rage on: Goodale
The Canadian Press
Published Friday, May 31, 2019 8:09PM EDT
REGINA -- The federal government says the military is going to help with Alberta's wildfire fight.
Federal Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says Alberta has asked for Canadian Forces assistance and the federal government has accepted the request.
Goodale says the military will be ready to help airlift evacuees as needed, as well as transport supplies and provide medical assistance.
He says federal officials are working with counterparts in Alberta to co-ordinate the response.
About 10,000 people are out of their homes as more than two dozen wildfires burn in the northern part of the province.
The town of High Level has been empty for more than a week as the largest fire burns in that area.
Officials with the Paddle Prairie Metis settlement 70 kilometres to the south say at least 15 homes there have been destroyed.
"The request is for aircraft and Canadian Forces personnel in order to help evacuate people, provide logistical and transportation support, to provide medical assistance where that is required," Goodale told reporters in Regina on Friday.
Municipal Affairs Minister Kaycee Madu said Alberta is grateful for the help.
"The Provincial Operations Centre is collaborating with Public Safety Canada, the Government of Canada and the Department of National Defence," Madu said in an email.
"We appreciate their support as we continue to battle the wildfires affecting our province."