AUGUSTA — The Maine Forest Service is sending a team of 21 firefighters to neighboring Quebec to battle wildfires in the Canadian province.

The crew of six forest rangers and 15 civilian firefighters is being sent in support of a compact that covers the seven New England states and four Canadian provinces.

The crew will depart on this morning.

Most of the fires in Quebec have been caused by lightning from thunderstorms that accompanied the record-breaking high temperatures and windy conditions. Officials say more Maine forest rangers would have been sent but they’re needed for their expertise on fires within the Maine.