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New Brunswick sends firefighters to Alberta

May 27, 2016, Fredericton - New Brunswick firefighters are heading to Alberta today to help battle the province's wildfires.

May 27, 2016
By The Canadian Press

This latest group of 19 firefighters goes to the area a day after a 26-person crew returned to New Brunswick following their deployment on May 11th.

They helped fight a 500-square-kilometre fire in Sweeney Creek, which was brought under control with the help of a 25-centimetre snowfall earlier this week.

That team included incident management members and a representative of the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre.

A massive wildfire that spread into Fort McMurray on May 3rd has destroyed 24-hundred buildings.

More than 80-thousand residents were forced from the community.

It’s estimated that 52-hundred square kilometres have burned, with 16 wildfires still burning.

There are about 19-hundred firefighters battling wildfires in Alberta.