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News Release / September 16, 2003 / Project number: NR-03.101

EDMONTON - Operation PEREGRINE, the Canadian Forces' support to the B.C. government's firefighting efforts, will end today.

The B.C. government, in consultation with Task Force Commander Brigadier-General Ivan Fenton, has determined military assistance in B.C. is no longer required.

"The direct threat to Canadian lives and property has diminished to the extent that the military is no longer required to support the firefighting efforts," said Brig.-Gen. Fenton. "However, the Canadian Forces will continue to monitor the fires through the provincial government during the next couple of weeks."

The Canadian Forces will begin reducing the number of personnel it has in B.C. immediately. Re-deployment should be complete by the end of the month.

Operation PEREGRINE will have lasted 45 days and have involved more than 2,600 soldiers, sailors, and airmen and women.

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For more information please contact Land Force Western Area Public Affairs at (780) 973-1944 or Operation PEREGRINE Task Force Public Affairs at (780) 720-3553.

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