Canada: Alberta wildfires force nearly 30,000 residents to flee

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Dozens of active wildfires in Alberta have prompted nearly 30,000 people to escape their homes, while more hot and dry weather is expected to fuel the flames. Heather Yourex-West reports from Edson, where thousands of residents are relieved to be back home. Joel Senick also reports from Drayton Valley on the fight to contain the flames threatening the town 90 minutes west of Edmonton, while meteorologist Tiffany Lizée looks at what's in the forecast.
 
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Firefighters from U.S., South Africa to battle Canada's 'unprecedented' fires
Author of the article:Canadian Press
Canadian Press
Published Jun 01, 2023 • Last updated 1 day ago • 2 minute read

OTTAWA — More than 300 firefighters from the United States and South Africa are heading to Canada in the coming days as the country battles an unprecedented wildfire season that has forced tens of thousands of people to flee their homes so far this year.


About 100 American firefighters are set to arrive in Nova Scotia by Monday, June 5, to help knock down out-of-control wildfires that have destroyed at least 200 homes and cottages, officials said Thursday. Another 200 firefighters arriving from South Africa will likely end up in Alberta, though officials said the wildfire situation in the country is fluid.


Support from the Canadian Armed Forces is also on the way to both provinces.

Wildfires across the country have so far devoured about 27,000 square kilometres of land, Bill Blair, the federal minister of emergency preparedness, told reporters. The national 10-year average is about 500 square kilometres, he said.

“These conditions early in the season are unprecedented,” Blair said, adding that Canada is facing a “dangerous” situation. “Due to climate change, similar extreme weather events may continue to increase in both frequency and severity across our country.”


There were 211 wildfires burning across the country on Thursday, and 82 of those were burning out of control.

Saskatchewan, Alberta, the Northwest Territories, Manitoba, Ontario, and — most recently — Nova Scotia and New Brunswick are among the Canadian jurisdictions that have been hit by raging forest fires so far this year. The firefighters arriving in the coming days from the United States and South Africa will be joining hundreds of their colleagues from the U.S., Australia and New Zealand who were already in Canada battling fires.

Ottawa said it has approved the Nova Scotia government’s latest request for assistance, and the Canadian Armed Forces is preparing to provide extensive support, including help with logistics and resources to fight fires and hot spots. Federal Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson said that help would start arriving “hopefully” by the end of the day.

“The simple fact is that Canada is experiencing the impacts of climate change, including more frequent and more extreme wildfires,” he said.
 

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Firefighters from U.S., South Africa to battle Canada's 'unprecedented' fires
Author of the article:Canadian Press
Canadian Press
Published Jun 01, 2023 • Last updated 1 day ago • 2 minute read

OTTAWA — More than 300 firefighters from the United States and South Africa are heading to Canada in the coming days as the country battles an unprecedented wildfire season that has forced tens of thousands of people to flee their homes so far this year.


About 100 American firefighters are set to arrive in Nova Scotia by Monday, June 5, to help knock down out-of-control wildfires that have destroyed at least 200 homes and cottages, officials said Thursday. Another 200 firefighters arriving from South Africa will likely end up in Alberta, though officials said the wildfire situation in the country is fluid.


Support from the Canadian Armed Forces is also on the way to both provinces.

Wildfires across the country have so far devoured about 27,000 square kilometres of land, Bill Blair, the federal minister of emergency preparedness, told reporters. The national 10-year average is about 500 square kilometres, he said.

“These conditions early in the season are unprecedented,” Blair said, adding that Canada is facing a “dangerous” situation. “Due to climate change, similar extreme weather events may continue to increase in both frequency and severity across our country.”


There were 211 wildfires burning across the country on Thursday, and 82 of those were burning out of control.

Saskatchewan, Alberta, the Northwest Territories, Manitoba, Ontario, and — most recently — Nova Scotia and New Brunswick are among the Canadian jurisdictions that have been hit by raging forest fires so far this year. The firefighters arriving in the coming days from the United States and South Africa will be joining hundreds of their colleagues from the U.S., Australia and New Zealand who were already in Canada battling fires.

Ottawa said it has approved the Nova Scotia government’s latest request for assistance, and the Canadian Armed Forces is preparing to provide extensive support, including help with logistics and resources to fight fires and hot spots. Federal Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson said that help would start arriving “hopefully” by the end of the day.

“The simple fact is that Canada is experiencing the impacts of climate change, including more frequent and more extreme wildfires,” he said.
Scaring people again. Wildfires will always be an issue as long as people keep being careless with cigarette butts & ATV's which result in most wildfires. Nature does less than humans so this whole thing is nonsense.
 

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Canadian soldiers, American firefighters now battling blazes in Nova Scotia
Author of the article:Canadian Press
Canadian Press
Published Jun 04, 2023 • 1 minute read

HALIFAX — Canadian soldiers and firefighters from abroad are now on the ground helping to extinguish wildfires burning in several parts of Nova Scotia for the past week.


Members of the Canadian Armed Forces and a number of American firefighters arrived in the province on Saturday and will be deployed to combat the most significant blazes.


Those include the wildfire that forced thousands of people from their homes near Halifax, though that blaze is no longer considered to be burning out of control.

Provincial officials said on Saturday the Westwood Hills fire, in Tantallon, was 85 per cent contained and was unlikely to spread further due to a combination of firefighting efforts and heavy rain that fell throughout the day. Meanwhile, the nearby Hammonds Plains blaze is now under control and considered 100 per cent contained.

In Shelburne County, however, the Barrington Lake wildfire — the largest in the province’s history — continues to burn out of control.

The blaze covered 250 square kilometres as of late Saturday and has destroyed at least 50 homes and cottages.
 

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Scaring people again. Wildfires will always be an issue as long as people keep being careless with cigarette butts & ATV's which result in most wildfires. Nature does less than humans so this whole thing is nonsense.
Back in the early 1960’s driving up hwy 1 somewhere between Hope and Boston Bar we went through an old fire , with all the trees black and dead . In the middle of it they ( Who they are am not sure ) erected a gallows with a cigarette hanging from it .
 

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Wildfire risk remains well above average across Canada this month
Author of the article:Canadian Press
Canadian Press
Published Jun 05, 2023 • 1 minute read

OTTAWA — An area of land 11 times bigger than the city of Toronto burned from wildfires in the past four days — Canada’s worst spring wildfire season to date.


Another 389 fires were recorded since June 1, and as of this morning there are 413 active fires underway, with the risk having spread to more provinces over the weekend.


Nearly 250 of those are out of control in nine provinces and two territories.

Mike Norton, the director general of the Northern Forestry Centre at the Department of Natural Resources, says having this many fires from coast to coast at this time of year is not normal.

And the outlook for the rest of the season remains dire.

In June the risk is well above average in every province and territory except Newfoundland and Labrador, where the risk is a little lower but still above average.

Statistics compiled by the Canada Interagency Forest Fire Centre show more than 7,300 square kilometres of land burned in the last four days.

That is nearly three times the average amount that has normally burned in the first five months of the year.
 

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Wildfire risk remains well above average across Canada this month
Author of the article:Canadian Press
Canadian Press
Published Jun 05, 2023 • 1 minute read

OTTAWA — An area of land 11 times bigger than the city of Toronto burned from wildfires in the past four days — Canada’s worst spring wildfire season to date.


Another 389 fires were recorded since June 1, and as of this morning there are 413 active fires underway, with the risk having spread to more provinces over the weekend.


Nearly 250 of those are out of control in nine provinces and two territories.

Mike Norton, the director general of the Northern Forestry Centre at the Department of Natural Resources, says having this many fires from coast to coast at this time of year is not normal.

And the outlook for the rest of the season remains dire.

In June the risk is well above average in every province and territory except Newfoundland and Labrador, where the risk is a little lower but still above average.

Statistics compiled by the Canada Interagency Forest Fire Centre show more than 7,300 square kilometres of land burned in the last four days.

That is nearly three times the average amount that has normally burned in the first five months of the year.
Cynical wildfires - some years are worse than others but unless it's arson (which apparently most of these fires were) it's a natural phenomena. Nothing to see here - just don't build your home in a "fire zone," and better manage your forests tho' even that, (as in Banff) that can go screwy, But no, it's all about Climate Change. How absurd!
 

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2023 on track to be Canada's worst fire season ever, feds warn
As of late Monday afternoon, 424 fires were burning across the country

Author of the article:Canadian Press
Canadian Press
Published Jun 06, 2023 • 1 minute read

Canada’s emergency preparedness minister says images of wildfires burning across the country are some of the most severe ever witnessed in Canada and the current forecast for the next few months indicates the potential for continued higher-than-normal fire activity.


Bill Blair and six other federal cabinet ministers provided an update Monday on Canada’s wildfire situation, even as smoke from fires north and west of the city covered Parliament Hill’s Peace Tower in a grey haze.


The BC Wildfire Service says the Donnie Creek wildfire, which has grown to more than 2,400 square kilometres in size, is now considered the second largest in provincial history, while Nova Scotia’s largest ever wildfire continues to burn out of control.

Environment Canada has issued a special air quality statement for a large section of southern Ontario, with the agency warning of high levels of air pollution as a result of smoke plumes from local forest fires as well as forest fires in Quebec.

As of late Monday afternoon, 424 fires were burning across Canada, more than 250 of which are considered out of control.

A new fire risk forecast shows that risk remains well above average in parts of every province and territory except Newfoundland and Labrador, where the risk in most of Labrador is still above average, while the risk in Newfoundland is just average.
 

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2023 on track to be Canada's worst fire season ever, feds warn
As of late Monday afternoon, 424 fires were burning across the country

Author of the article:Canadian Press
Canadian Press
Published Jun 06, 2023 • 1 minute read

Canada’s emergency preparedness minister says images of wildfires burning across the country are some of the most severe ever witnessed in Canada and the current forecast for the next few months indicates the potential for continued higher-than-normal fire activity.


Bill Blair and six other federal cabinet ministers provided an update Monday on Canada’s wildfire situation, even as smoke from fires north and west of the city covered Parliament Hill’s Peace Tower in a grey haze.


The BC Wildfire Service says the Donnie Creek wildfire, which has grown to more than 2,400 square kilometres in size, is now considered the second largest in provincial history, while Nova Scotia’s largest ever wildfire continues to burn out of control.

Environment Canada has issued a special air quality statement for a large section of southern Ontario, with the agency warning of high levels of air pollution as a result of smoke plumes from local forest fires as well as forest fires in Quebec.

As of late Monday afternoon, 424 fires were burning across Canada, more than 250 of which are considered out of control.

A new fire risk forecast shows that risk remains well above average in parts of every province and territory except Newfoundland and Labrador, where the risk in most of Labrador is still above average, while the risk in Newfoundland is just average.
Great we should just raise the carbon tax , that should help .
 

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