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Called a “ one- in- 100- year inferno,” the blaze consumed more than 25,000 hectares of forest and destroyed 200 houses in Kelowna, B. C. It’s an experience Griffith, 19, still calls “ scarring” — but on Monday, the memory helped motivate him to join more than 30 other army reservists who are dropping everything to battle forest fires in Saskatchewan. Monday afternoon, around 35 reservists from the 38 Canadian Brigade Group based in Winnipeg piled onto a bus headed for Prince Albert. The group is responding to last week’s call for help from the government of Saskatchewan because of forest fires that have raged for weeks. Today, they’re receiving a one- day crash course in forest firefighting and are set to tackle the real thing on the ground Wednesday. Like Griffith, many have never fought a fire. “ I want to do it for the country, right? That’s why I joined the army,” Griffith said. “ It’s something I want to do, because I know I lived through it and it’s not fun. So I feel bad for the people doing it. It’s rough.” As a reservist, Griffith has a fulltime job apart from his army services, working as a truck mechanic for Bartel Bulk Freight in Morris. This is his first deployment with the Canadian Forces, he said. Dad Carl Griffith vividly remembers that summer in Kelowna and went to see his son off. He said it was a “ proud moment,” adding soldiers and firefighters “ saved our city” in 2003. In the past two weeks, fires have forced out more than 13,000 people in at least 50 Saskatchewan communities. In addition to firefighters, more than 400 soldiers from Saskatchewan and Manitoba are already at work fighting the blazes. Maj. Mike Lagace said there’s no word yet on how long reservists will need to stay in Saskatchewan, nor what tasks they will be doing or how many more will join them. It depends on the needs of the Saskatchewan government, he said. Transcona- born Brian Trenchard, 27, has been a reservist since 2006. A teacher in Portage la Prairie, Trenchard is moving to Winnipeg to teach Grade 6 this fall. This time last year, Trenchard was called away on his one- year wedding anniversary to fight Manitoba floods. Now, as he leaves to fight his first forest fire, his wife is 26 weeks pregnant. “ She’s a little bit nervous about ( the deployment)” Trenchard said of his wife. But in the summers, he said, she’s “ kind of used to it,” after Trenchard’s four previous deployments for domestic operations fighting floods and fires. “ To me, it’s a thing of pride, to be able to help my country when it needs me, in this province or other provinces,” Trenchard said. “ This is exactly what I signed up for.” Adam Gamble, 29, has been a reservist for a decade and has fought forest fires in Manitoba since 2010. He said the feeling of battling a blaze is “ a rush.” In the past, he was evacuated due to the danger of fighting fires, but he said he’s not scared to face these ones. “ You’re pouring sweat, you’re drinking all your water... You’re carrying 50- pound hose boxes over tough terrain, Reservists summoned to the front lines Answer call to help firefighters in Saskatchewan By Aidan Geary PHOTOS BY MIKE DEAL / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS Pte. Keith Griffith helps pack equipment before the nine- hour trip to Prince Albert, Sask. Three dozen reservists were summoned to help fight fires in that province. Sask., B. C. blazes . Emergency officials are warning thousands of fire evacuees from northern Saskatchewan not to go home until it’s safe. Some residents have been allowed to return to a handful of communities, and wildfires across the province have become “ a bit more normalized,” Duane McKay with emergency management said Monday. But that progress doesn’t mean all danger has passed, he said. Flames and thick smoke have forced about 13,000 people out of their homes in at least 50 communities in the last two weeks. Fires have destroyed 81 houses and cabins. . Residents of a B. C. community who were forced to flee an aggressive wildfire expected to return home the same day the province welcomed firefighting aid from Australia. The Puntzi Lake fire, burning about 130 kilometres west of Williams Lake in B. C.’ s central interior, has destroyed buildings on four properties, including a resort. Karen Powell of the Cariboo Fire Centre says about 12 millimetres of rain fell on the fire over the weekend, allowing crews to attack the fire’s edge with heavy machinery. Powell says the Puntzi Lake fire is about 80 square kilometres and 30 per cent contained. Fifty Australians were expected to arrive Monday and most are specialists in wildfire- fighting command. or through swamps, in hot weather, going towards the fire,” he said. “ It’s dirty, hard work. It’s very rewarding, though. You’re doing meaningful work.” Since the end of June, more than 100 blazes have started in Manitoba, most caused by lightning. To report a wildfire, you can contact local emergency services at 911 or the forest fire tip line at 1- 800- 782- 0076. aidan. geary@ freepress. mb. ca Reservists will get a one- day crash course in firefighting. A_ 05_ Jul- 14- 15_ FP_ 01. indd A5 7/ 13/ 15 7: 53: 19 PM

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