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The first of Mexico’s forest firefighters return from Canada

Mexico City, Mexico — The first of Mexico’s forest firefighters have begun to arrive back in the country after spending more than a month in Canada.

The first contingent of 100 Mexican forest firefighters along with four technicians arrived in Mexico City Tuesday. The first 100 returned after spending more than a month helping Canadian forest firefighters fight their wildfires in different parts of the country.

The National Forestry Commission of Mexico says that they were the first sent out and the first to return, being one of five groups sent to Canada this summer. More than 400 Mexican firefighters were sent to Canada in July and August to help battle blazes mostly in Ontario and British Colombia.

According to the agency, the Mexican firefighters were involved in tracing and liquidating hot spots, recognizing and tracking new fire escape routes and reconnaissance flights as well as the operation of specialized machinery.

The National Forestry Commission of Mexico said that 330 Mexican forest firefighters are still in Canada.