Northeast US wildfire crews assist with fires in western Canada

Blog Post created by faithberry Employee on Aug 19, 2017

Photo and information shared by Dave Celino Photo of Northeast 



A wildfire crew comprised of 16 state firefighters from Massachusetts DCR and 4 State Firefighters from New Hampshire Dept of Lands have been assisting firefighting efforts on the Elephant Hill fire in British Columbia, Canada.  The 20 person hand crew have been assisting along with crews from across the globe to battle the over 420,000-acre fire just outside of Clinton, BC.  The international crews they worked with came from Australia and New Zealand to assist their Canadian partners.


One of the main focuses of their firefighting efforts this week has been to keep wildfire away from the village of Clinton.  This crew was mobilized on August 3, in the Hopkinton State Park in Massachusetts and was initially transported to Quebec and from there to British Columbia.  The mobilization is facilitated through the Northeast Forest Fire Compact, which dates back to 1949 and establishes a formal forest fire mutual aid system between all New England States, New York, and the provinces of eastern Canada.  “We are very proud of our wildland firefighters and the opportunity to lend much-needed assistance to our friends and neighbors to the north.  Our staff is well trained, and by all accounts, their skills and professionalism have been welcomed by fire managers on the Elephant Hill Fire”, said Dave Celino, Chief Fire Warden for the Massachusetts Dept. of Conservation and Recreation.   The crew will be headed home with new found partners and skills.



Dave Celino, Massachusetts Forest Fire Warden shared these photos