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Canada Helping U.S. Fight Western Wildfires

18 June 2012

Firefighter spraying water at wall of flames (AP Images)

As wildfires continue to burn across nine southwestern U.S. states, Canada joins the U.S. effort to fight them, lending aerial bombers and crew members.

As wildfires continue to burn across nine southwestern U.S. states, including Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming, Canada has joined the U.S. effort to monitor, contain and suppress them, lending several aerial bombers and crew members.

Most recently, Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment firefighting aircraft headed to Colorado to work with the U.S. Forest Service to help battle wildfires there. Above, a firefighter battles flames in Southern California.

The Canadian assistance continues a long tradition of regular cross-border cooperation and resource-sharing in fire management between Canada and the United States. The Canada/United States Reciprocal Forest Fire Fighting Arrangement (CANUS) generally lays out the provisions that govern this cooperation.

In the United States, the National Interagency Fire Center coordinates the fire management resources of the U.S. Forest Service, the Department of the Interior and other federal agencies, while in Canada this role is undertaken by the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre. During the fire season, these two organizations maintain daily contact and exchange resources as required across the international boundary.