The province of Saskatchewan is lending a hand to forest fire-battered communities in United States as well as B.C.
High winds, lightning strikes and plummeting humidity sparked wildfires all over Western Montana over the weekend, sending firefighters scrambling to contain them.
In the Missoula area, crews spent the weekend fighting a 20-acre brush fire at Kelly Island.
Early Sunday evening, an additional fire broke out in Pattee Canyon. Officials with the US Forest Service said the Pattee Canyon fire was around 4 acres.
Several fires continued to burn throughout Western Montana. In Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest the Whetstone Ridge fire ballooned from 195 acres to 371 over the course of the day Sunday.
Two of Saskatchewan’s 215T air tankers and one birddog aircraft were sent Sunday to assist Montana with the situation under existing service sharing agreements.
In British Columbia an additional 24 firefighters and a liaison officer were sent to various communities in that province on Saturday.