South African firefighters help out Canada

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Almost 300 firefighters from South Africa are on their way to Fort McMurray, Alta., Canada to help fight wildfires and boost relief efforts.

The crew began the almost 16,000-kilometre journey from Johannesburg on Sunday morning, stopping to refuel in Barbados. The crew on board flight AC7007 is expected to land at Edmonton International Airport at around 9:30 p.m. MT.

Apocalyptic sized wild fires have been burning in Fort McMurray, Alta., Canada for more than a month now, leaving behind a staggering scale of disaster.

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