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4 British Columbia wildfire fighters killed in head-on collision, police say

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Four firefighters die in BC

Four British Columbia wildfire fighters died before sunrise Tuesday in a head-on collision as they traveled home from a tour of duty battling Canada’s worst wildfire season in modern history.

The fires, which have burned the largest land area ever observed in the country, have forced tens of thousands of people to evacuate and coughed up smog that led to air quality warnings across Canada and the eastern United States.

The season has been taxing on wildfire crews, Canadian officials lamented, as Tuesday’s deaths bring the number of firefighters killed in British Columbia this summer to six.

“Our hearts are broken by news of the death of four wildfire fighters who were travelling home after a tour of duty,” British Columbia Premier David Eby said Wednesday. “This is devastating news in what has been an immensely difficult wildfire season.”


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