In Canada, a city had to face “100 years of fires in one night”

In Canada, a city had to face “100 years of fires in one night”
In Canada, a city had to face “100 years of fires in one night”

In West Kelowna, a city of more than 30,000 people in British Columbia about 400 km from Vancouver, firefighters and authorities said they spent a night “extremely difficult”. The night from Thursday to Friday has “ “It was probably one of the hardest of my career.”acknowledged Jason Brolund, West Kelowna Fire Chief. “We fought the equivalent of 100 years of fires, all in one night”he told the press.

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This terrible night could well be a foretaste of the days to come: the winds are in fact even stronger than the day before, according to Jason Brolund. “A significant number” of houses burned, according to local authorities, who called on the population to be on alert and ready to leave in case of emergency.

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The city of Kelowna, much larger than its namesake located a few kilometres across a lake, with nearly 150,000 inhabitants, risks being affected in turn and a state of emergency has been declared there.

A town of 20,000 inhabitants evacuated

In Yellowknife, too, there were fears that the winds would not play in the firefighters’ favour and that the fire would reach the city this weekend. In the capital of Canada’s Northwest Territories, it was a real race against time as the approximately 20,000 residents had until noon on Friday to leave. A particularly complicated mass evacuation, because the region is isolated, and the nearest reception centre is more than a thousand kilometres away.

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By road or by air, the evacuation of Yellowknife “is going extremely well”Civil Protection Minister Harjit Sajjan said at a press conference. But “The situation remains very difficult”said Defense Secretary Bill Blair.

Read also: Forest fires: part of Canada’s Far North evacuated by military planes

With bags on their backs and in their hands, residents stood in long lines Thursday to try to get seats on emergency evacuation flights as wildfire smoke hung over the city. Frank Higgins, who lives in Yellowknife, told Canadian public television that he was preparing for a long drive, and that he was setting out without really knowing where he was going. “Maybe in Saskatchewan”he said as he poured gasoline into his vehicle.

14 million hectares devastated

More than a thousand wildfires are currently burning across the country from east to west, including more than 230 in the Northwest Territories and more than 370 in British Columbia. Since the start of Canada’s wildfire season, 168,000 Canadians have been evacuated across the country and 14 million hectares have burned, double the last record set in 1989.

In recent years, Canada has been facing extreme weather events whose intensity and frequency are increased by global warming.

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