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Mexico sends more forest fire fighters to help Canada battle British Colombia flames

Mexico City, Mexico — The National Forestry Commission (Conafor) reported a second contingent of 101 forest fire fighters have been sent to Canada. On Saturday, a second plane of firefighters left Mexico for the Canadian province of British Colombia.

On board, the 101 Mexican forest fire fighters will help Canadian forces battle the hundreds of active fires that continue to rage through the province.

In a statement, Conafor added that the firemen are being sent within the framework of the Memorandum of Understanding for the Exchange of Resources for Forest Fire Management between both countries.

Cooperation on the Mexican side is managed jointly by Conafor, the Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat) and the Ministry of Foreign Relations (SRE) with the Canadian Center for Forest Fire Interagency (CIFFC).

This is the fourth exchange between the two countries, and the second this year.

Following up on the Canadian government’s request for help, Mexico sent a first contingent of 101 combatants on July 17 to the province of Ontario. The second Mexican contingent arrived on July 24 at the Abbotsford International Airport.