Canadian Fire Rangers Assist in Lolo Mop Up - KFBB.com News, Sports and Weather

Canadian Fire Rangers Assist in Lolo Mop Up

Posted: Updated:
LOLO CREEK -

Firefighters mopping up on the Lolo Creek Complex received some international aid this week, when 100 "firerangers" from Ontario, Canada arrived on the fire lines.

Fire Operations Tech Nick Edey said he's realized the nature of fighting wildfire is essentially the same across international borders.

Edey said, "You know, camping in the bush, begin dirty, begin really flexible with the way fire goes and how things change quickly…"

But, Ontario crew members said there are some key differences between fighting fire in Montana and back at home in Canada.

Edey said, "Just for starters, the terrain, we're flat country, lots of water…"

"The weather's a lot hotter here, I find, when we were up at the top, the air is a lot thinner, so it's harder to breathe," added Ontario crew member Irene Marszowski.

Marszowski said she's had to drink a lot more water than she's used to while on mop up duty in Lolo.

"Hiking up those hills all day is absolutely crazy, you feel so accomplished at the end of the day like you've done so much exercise, and you're super hungry, too, and they've been feeding us really well!" she said.

Ontario firerangers wear red fire protection gear, and steel-toed boots, which local fire officials said they had to switch out, because steel can heat up quickly upon contact with fire.

"We do pumps and hose, here, you guys do a lot more hand-tooling, dry mop up, so that's a big difference for the crews, it definitely took them a few days to get their legs under them with this high terrain, but I think we got 'er," Edey said.

But, the Ontario firerangers have worked side-by-side with local fire crews with the same goal of stomping out all remaining hot spots on the fire perimeter.

Marszowski said, "I really like it here, this is the first time I've been in the states, and this is my first year being a firefighter and I've just loved being here every minute."

"It's nice working with everybody and I think we're getting along really well, and we're trying to take our tactics with your tactics and make it work out here," added Edey.

Canadian crews will stay on the Lolo fires as long as needed. Fire officials said they expect to reach full containment of the fire on September 3.

  • NationalMore>>

  • Detroit's historic bankruptcy trial to begin

    Detroit's historic bankruptcy trial to begin

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 2:11 AM EDT2014-09-02 06:11:09 GMT
    Lawyers for Detroit will attempt to convince a judge with the start of the city's bankruptcy trial that its plans to wipe out billions of dollars in debt should be approved.
    Lawyers for Detroit will attempt to convince a federal judge at the city's bankruptcy trial that its plans to wipe out billions of dollars in debt should be approved.
  • $2.4B Revel casino to shut down early Tuesday

    $2.4B Revel casino to shut down early Tuesday

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 2:01 AM EDT2014-09-02 06:01:16 GMT
    Little more than two years after opening with high hopes of turning around Atlantic City's struggling casino market, Revel will close its doors Tuesday morning.
    Little more than two years after opening with high hopes of turning around Atlantic City's struggling casino market, Revel will close its doors Tuesday morning.
  • 9-foot Joe Frazier statue rising in Philadelphia

    9-foot Joe Frazier statue rising in Philadelphia

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 1:51 AM EDT2014-09-02 05:51:17 GMT
    Busloads of tourists line up every day in Philadelphia to take photos with a statue of Rocky Balboa, the fictional heavyweight fighter made famous by Sylvester Stallone.
    Busloads of tourists line up every day in Philadelphia to take photos with a statue of Rocky Balboa, the fictional heavyweight fighter made famous by Sylvester Stallone.
  • Most Popular

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • PHOTOS: Hobo Spider season has arrived

    PHOTOS: Hobo Spider season has arrived

    Friday, August 29 2014 5:37 PM EDT2014-08-29 21:37:17 GMT
    KHQ.COM - Mid August is about the time that we start to see spiders come into our homes, particularly the hobo spider. August and September is mating season for the hobo and that means you may be seeing more funnel-like webs in and around your home. Males are on a mission to find a female which is why they are a lot more active at this time.
    KHQ.COM - Mid August is about the time that we start to see spiders come into our homes, particularly the hobo spider. August and September is mating season for the hobo and that means you may be seeing more funnel-like webs in and around your home. Males are on a mission to find a female which is why they are a lot more active at this time.
  • Sentinel High School Principal And Assistant Principal Suspended

    Sentinel High School Principal And Assistant Principal Suspended

    Monday, September 1 2014 3:35 PM EDT2014-09-01 19:35:48 GMT
    Missoula County Public Schools suspended two of Sentinel High School's top administrators for "board policy violation."
    Missoula County Public Schools suspended two of Sentinel High School's top administrators for "board policy violation."
  • Cobell Settlement Checks Could Be Mailed By Fall 2014

    Cobell Settlement Checks Could Be Mailed By Fall 2014

    Friday, August 15 2014 9:03 PM EDT2014-08-16 01:03:47 GMT
    The people in charge of doling out money in the Cobell settlement want to put checks in the mail by this fall.
    The people in charge of doling out money in the Cobell settlement want to put checks in the mail by this fall.
  • Man Arrested For Alleged Sexual Assault On Police Officer

    Man Arrested For Alleged Sexual Assault On Police Officer

    Monday, September 1 2014 3:38 PM EDT2014-09-01 19:38:19 GMT
    A 23-year-old Missoula man is arrested after police say he sexually assaulted a female police officer as she was performing a bar check downtown.
    A 23-year-old Missoula man is arrested after police say he sexually assaulted a female police officer as she was performing a bar check downtown.
  • Joan Rivers' daughter: 'Keeping our fingers crossed'

    Joan Rivers' daughter: 'Keeping our fingers crossed'

    Monday, September 1 2014 10:33 AM EDT2014-09-01 14:33:34 GMT
    KHQ.COM - The Today Show has reported that Joan Rivers is now on life support. River's went into cardiac arrest at a New York doctor's office while she underwent a "minor throat surgery" on Thursday. Melissa Rivers said in a statement Sunday that "we are keeping our fingers crossed." She's thanking people for expressing their support.

    KHQ.COM - The Today Show has reported that Joan Rivers is now on life support. River's went into cardiac arrest at a New York doctor's office while she underwent a "minor throat surgery" on Thursday. Melissa Rivers said in a statement Sunday that "we are keeping our fingers crossed." She's thanking people for expressing their support.

Powered by WorldNow

Sports

  • Sports
  • Community

  • Community
  • Powered by WorldNow
    All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and Max Media. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.