EDMONTON – Three hundred South African firefighters have arrived in Alberta to help battle wildfires raging in the province’s north.
An Air Canada jet picked them up in Johannesburg Sunday morning and landed in Edmonton late last night after refuelling in Barbados.
Kim Connors of the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre says the mobilization represents the largest group of wildland firefighters ever brought into Canada.
The Alberta government says the still out of control Fort McMurray fire is now estimated to cover almost 58-hundred square kilometres, and has crept into Saskatchewan.
Almost 2,300 firefighters are battling 14 active wildfires in Alberta.
The province says a phased re-entry of residents into Fort McMurray is still on track to begin on Wednesday.