Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan announced Tuesday that 350 troops from Edmonton would be sent to help the BC Wildfire Service, which has been stretched to its limits.
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Hundreds of wildfires are raging across Canada, forcing mass evacuations. A look at how this year’s season compares with past years.
Canfor Corp. says it is curtailing production capacity at its Canadian sawmills beginning Monday as a result of extreme wildfire conditions in Western Canada.
The comments come as wildfires are currently raging out of control, forcing residents out of their homes in British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
The public is being asked to maintain awareness around the current wildfire situation and the service said the top priority for them will be human life and safety.
Wildfire smoke is a constantly-changing mixture of particles and gases which includes many chemicals that can be harmful to your health.
A lengthy rainfall and strong winds could dissipate the wildfires and smoky air gripping parts of Western Canada but that’s not in the forecast this week, says one climatologist.
Wildfire experts say British Columbia must spark far more prescribed burns, akin to how Indigenous communities have managed forests, to mitigate the risk of huge blazes.
A sweltering heat wave in much of Western Canada in the last week of June had cascading effects on sea life, experts say.
The coroners service has yet to directly attributed any of the individual deaths to the heat, but has said it’s believed to be a significant contributing factor.
The Thompson-Nicola Regional District’s board of directors voted unanimously to make the appeal to the provincial government, Thursday.
The BC Wildfire Service said it anticipates strong winds in the area on Wednesday afternoon.
U of A assoc. prof. Jeffrey Kavanaugh estimated the ice melt during June’s so-called heat dome on the Wapta icefield was three times what was normal over the past dozen years.
New all-time highs very concerning. They are “just so far out of line” from past records. Almost like our climate has reached a new level of change.
Daytime highs will range from 35 to 38 C combined with overnight lows near 18 C through Wednesday.