In the aftermath of a destructive fire, an Armoured Soldier from 41 Canadian Brigade Group sprays water on the area to extinguish a hotspot in our favourite photo of the week. The image was captured on Sept. 1, 2023.
The soldier, Cpl Nicholas Hilman, was in the area of Fort St. James, British Columbia, under Operation LENTUS. Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members deployed to the area in late August and conducted a number of support tasks such as turnover, mop-up and hotspot dousing to assist the province in its fight against wildfires.
On Aug. 25, 2023, the Ministers of Public Safety and National Defence approved the Request for Federal Assistance (RFA) by the Government of British Columbia from August 28 to September 15.
According to the CAF, members currently deployed on Operation LENTUS in the Prince George Fire Centre, who are located at Manson Creek and Vanderhoof, B.C., will begin to redeploy to their home units on September 12, 2023, with the last members leaving the area on September 15, 2023.
The CAF issued A Public Service Announcement noting members and vehicles, including large green fleet trucks, may be seen on various Forest Service Roads and B.C. Highways (such as Yellowhead, Cariboo, Hwy 97, and Trans-Canada).
The announcement stated, “At no time will this road move pose a risk to local populations or infrastructure; rigorous road and vehicle safety standards will be strictly observed.”
Photo taken by: Cpl. Alexandre Brisson, Canadian Armed. Image courtesy of CAF.