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Article / July 7, 2015

Following intense wildfires, the Province of Saskatchewan requested support from the Federal Government on 4 July, and on 5 July the CAF were asked to support provincial efforts in northern areas of Saskatchewan. The CAF completed fire line operations on 20 July following an announcement that the Province of Saskatchewan no longer required assistance in their wildfire containment efforts. As of 23 July, all CAF members have redeployed back to their respective home bases.

In total, the CAF deployed approximately 850 members of the Immediate Response Unit (IRU) to conduct both firefighting and support activities. CAF members came from both the Regular and Reserve Forces of the 3rd Canadian Division and were supported by two CH-146 Griffon helicopters from 408 Tactical Helicopter Squadron. In addition, approximately 230 vehicles were deployed in the Prince Albert area.

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