More than two-thousand fatigued firefighters in Alberta are getting some assistance in their battle against northern wildfires.
Close to 300 South African firefighters arrived in Edmonton Sunday night aboard an Air Canada flight from Johannesburg.
Canadian fire officials believe the mobilization represents the largest group of wildland firefighters ever brought into Canada.
The Fort McMurray fire that forced the evacuation of the town’s 80,000 residents on May 3rd remains out of control. It has grown to cover 5,800 square kilometres, and has crept into Saskatchewan.
A phased re-entry of residents is still on track to start on Wednesday.
An estimated 2,300 firefighters from across Canada and the U.S. are currently battling 14 active wildfires in Alberta.
(photo credit: Air Canada)