Mexico City, Mexico — As Canada continues to request help battling its forest fires, Mexico continues to answer, sending another battalion of firefighters to the country.
The National Forestry Commission (Conafor) says they have sent a fourth group, this time of 62 fighters and specialized technicians, to help battle forest fires in Canada. This latest group makes a total of 372 Mexican firefighters currently in the country.
The Canadian Inter-Agency Center for Forest Fires made the recent request for help, this time for battling fires in the province of British Colombia. This particular Mexican team will be distributed in 3 brigades of 20 members each, in addition to a leader and a representative in the field.
In this latest deployment, fighters from the states of Aguascalientes, Baja California, Baja California Sur, Campeche, Chiapas, Chihuahua, Mexico City, Durango, State of Mexico, Guanajuato, Hidalgo, Jalisco, Michoacán, Nuevo Leon, Oaxaca and Puebla are participating.
Firefighters from the states of Quintana Roo, Sinaloa, Sonora, Tabasco, Tlaxcala, Veracruz, Yucatan and Zacatecas are also helping fight Canada’s flames. This latest group left Mexico City Monday, landing in the city of Winnipeg where they traveled by land to British Colombia.
Mexican authorities say the group will likely stay in British Colombia for about 32 days, where they will join the existing 2,000 Canadian forest firefighters who continue to battle the more than 200 fires in the province.
In July, 309 Mexican firefighters were sent to Canada in three deployments to the province of Ontario.
This year marks the largest group of Mexican forest firefighters being sent to Canada. In August of 2017, Mexico sent a total of 270 fighters. This year, they have already sent 342.
The collaboration of Mexican combatants in Canada is possible thanks to the Memorandum of Understanding for the Exchange of Resources for the Management of Forest Fires between Canada and Mexico, signed by both countries in early 2014.