Saturday, May 25, 2024

Raging wildfires threatening Western Canada force thousands to evacuate

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Thousands of Canadians living in British Columbia, Alberta and the North Western Territories are under evacuation orders as wildfires rage throughout the region.

B.C. alone reports 130 active wildfires, the largest of which is the Parker Lake fire, which covers 5,280 hectares.

Nearby residents in the town of Fort Nelson are being told to leave immediately.
Officials are pointing to the unpredictable winds as a cause for concern, saying that the fire could be pushed the remaining 3 kilometres it needs to travel to reach the community with little to no warning.

In Alberta, officials are reporting 44 active wildfires as of Monday — two of which are considered out-of-control.

The community of Fort McMurray has been given an evacuation alert, meaning residents should begin preparations to leave at a moment’s notice.

In Manitoba, the mining town of Flin Flon is battling a wildfire with assistance from fire crews from Northwestern Ontario and Saskatchewan.

With the sudden increase of fire across the country, so have air quality warnings from  Environment Canada.

Special air quality statements have been issued for parts of B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

READ MORE: Ontario adds $20.5M in funding to fight wildfires, including for training and drones

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