Officials and first responders battling the raging wildfires in Fort McMurray are getting much-needed help from the Canadian Armed Forces.
Described by officials as “a beast,” and a “multi-headed monster,” the wildfires are spread over more than 10,000 hectares. It is reported to have destroyed more than 1,600 structures and has forced thousands of people to flee their homes. Dry forest conditions, strong winds and intense heat continue to fuel the fires. But it is not yet known what started the initial blaze.
Responding to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s offer of government’s “total support” in battling the wildfires and aiding residents of Fort McMurray escape to safety, the armed forces launched Operation Lentus 2016. Operation LENTUS can draw personnel and assets from across Canada, and may be drawn from any or all of the primary force-generators of the Canadian Armed Forces.