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Firefighter killed in line of duty in Prince George Fire Centre region: BC Wildfire Service |


A contract firefighter was fatally injured in northern B.C. while responding to a wildfire on Friday, according to the BC Wildfire Service.

Information is limited at this time, though BC Wildfire said it happened in the Prince George Fire Centre region.

More information is expected to be released on Saturday.

“The No. 1 priority for us is the privacy of the individual’s family and more information should be available in the coming days,” Jean Strong said, a B.C. wildfire information officer.

Global News has reached out to police, BC Emergency Health Services, and the Ambulance Paramedics of BC for information.

Click to play video: 'Memorial held in Revelstoke for fallen wildland firefighter, Devyn Gale'

Memorial held in Revelstoke for fallen wildland firefighter, Devyn Gale

It is the second death this fire season in B.C.

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Devyn Gale, 19, was killed on July 13 when she was struck by a falling tree in a remote area near Hiren Creek, just north of Revelstoke.

A procession was held in Revelstoke for her tragic death on July 22, where hundreds lined the street to pay respects to the fallen firefighter.

Two days after Gale was killed, another firefighter was killed in the Northwest Territories while battling a wildfire on July 15. Adam Yeadon, 25, was killed by a falling tree.

Yeadon — from Fort Liard, a hamlet in the southwest corner of the Northwest Territories — was battling a wildfire in the Fort Liard district. He leaves behind a two-year-old daughter.

Click to play video: 'Alberta wildfire helicopter pilot Ryan Gould remembered by wife as hero'

Alberta wildfire helicopter pilot Ryan Gould remembered by wife as hero

And in northern Alberta, helicopter pilot Ryan Gould, 41, was killed when his helicopter crashed while assisting in wildfire efforts on July 19.

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The Bell 205A helicopter, operated by Valhalla Helicopters, went down in a marshy area northeast of Peace River.

The Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash.

Speaking to Global News, Ryan’s wife, Carlyn Gould, said her husband’s first love was flying.

“He had been doing this for over 20 years. He was very experienced in wildfires,” she said.

Carlyn described Ryan as her rock — a “real-life hero.”

“I call him a hero because in the 20 years of flying fires across Canada, in the U.S., and in Australia, he has kept many crews safe from being taken out in fires. He has saved people’s homes and their livelihoods. He has taken care of the people, and not just fought the fires.”

She added “he was very convicted and hard-working. He wore his heart on his sleeve. He was our protector. He loved our kids, me, his family, his community. He loved his work. It was more than just a job; it was a second family.”

Gould leaves behind his wife and two sons.

— More to come

Click to play video: 'Firefighter dead in Northwest Territories, 2nd killed in Canada this wildfire season'

Firefighter dead in Northwest Territories, 2nd killed in Canada this wildfire season

— With files from Amy Judd, Emily Mertz, Elizabeth McSheffrey

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