forest fire season has already started in Canada

forest fire season has already started in Canada
forest fire season has already started in Canada

“Air quality advisories are in effect across Western Canada as smoky conditions plague some areas,” warns CTV News, Monday, May 13, broadcasting images reminiscent of the apocalyptic scenes of nearly a year ago, when smoke from hundreds of fires spread as far as the United States. The site of Radio-Canada reports that the federal Department of the Environment has reported a very high risk of poor air quality for the cities of Edmonton and Winnipeg as well as several regions in the province of Saskatchewan.

Cities under threat

For now, the fires are coming dangerously close to several cities. Thousands of people were evacuated from around Fort Nelson, British Columbia. There CBC says authorities fear Parker Lake wildfire could hit city Monday morning “after having more than doubled on Sunday”. Unknown element

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Two thousand kilometers further east, hundreds of other people left Cranberry Portage, Manitoba, after being ordered to evacuate in the face of an advancing blaze that has already ravaged 35,000 hectares, writes Radio-Canada. “Even from a distance it looks terrifying,” declared to the CBC Keith Jaeger, a resident of this indigenous community. Unknown element

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In Alberta, Fort McMurray Today reports that a forest fire spanning 6,579 hectares was 16 kilometers southwest of this oil town. Residents should be prepared to evacuate the premises at any time.

Worrying forecasts for summer

According to the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Center, 146 fires are currently raging in the country, 39 of which are out of control. Professor Évelyne Thiffault, from the department of wood and forest sciences at Laval University, in Quebec, says at the microphone of Radio-Canada that some active fires date from last September and have smoldered all winter, and that the fire risk forecasts for June and July are well above the average for Western Canada. Unknown element

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