An Alberta firefighter died suddenly in northwestern Ontario while helping local firefighters.
According to a statement from Alberta Premier Rachel Notley’s office, Jerry Gadwa, a resident of Kehewin, was fighting forest fires near Red Lake, 100 km from the Manitoba border.
Ms. Notley conveyed her condolences to Mr. Gadwa’s family and friends. She recalled the sacrifices firefighters make to protect the population.
A spokeswoman for the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources confirmed that there had been a death and said an investigation had been opened, but did not elaborate.
Natural Resources and Forestry Minister Jeff Yurek also released a news release.
We are wholeheartedly with family and friends at home, his team members, and all Alberta firefighters who help keep Ontarians safe.
Jeff Yurek, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry
Ontario firefighters are fighting dozens of forest fires in northern Ontario.
Reinforcements were sent from other Canadian provinces, including Alberta, the United States and Mexico.