Heatwave and fire: Nearly 1,000 people evacuated in western Canada

Heatwave and fire: Nearly 1,000 people evacuated in western Canada

Nearly a thousand people were evacuated in British Columbia, in western Canada, on Wednesday evening after an unprecedented heat wave caused by fires, province officials announced at the end of the day on Thursday. .

British Columbia has recorded 62 new fires in the past 24 hours, BC Premier John Horgan told a media briefing.

He said, “I can only emphasize that the risk of fire is high in almost all parts of British Columbia and I urge the British Columbians to listen carefully to the authorities and follow the instructions.” ” He hurried during a press point.

John Horgan said he requested reinforcements from Justin Trudeau’s federal government.

“The last 24 hours have been disastrous for the residents of Litton. Our @ForcesCanada (Canadian Armed Forces, Editor’s Note) stands ready to help residents,” Canadian Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan confirmed on Twitter.

Provincial officials have yet to announce any injuries or deaths related to these fires, which were specifically recorded north of the town of Kamloops, 350 km northeast of Vancouver.

At around 5:00 PM, the British Columbia Fire Department said they were expecting “another very difficult day with wildfires” due to “unprecedented hot and dry conditions over the past few days”.

“An exceptionally strong ridge over British Columbia will continue to cause record temperatures for the next two days,” Environment Canada said in a bulletin issued Thursday morning for the Prince George area in British Columbia.

“The duration of this heat wave is worrying, as there has been little respite from the heat at night due to high night temperatures,” he said.

The Canadian village of Lytton, some 250km northeast of Vancouver, now famous for setting a national heat record of 49.6°C this week, has been almost completely destroyed. Due to the rapidly spreading fire, 250 residents were evacuated on Wednesday evening.

The evacuation order for residents of the Hundred properties north of Lytton was then extended from Wednesday night to Thursday.

“90% of the village has been burned, including the city center,” Brad Wies, the constituency’s deputy, said on Facebook Thursday afternoon.

On Thursday, the heat wave continued to move east over the plains of central Canada. In addition to British Columbia, a heatwave warning has been issued for the provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, as well as the Northwest Territories and now northern Ontario.

In addition to western Canada, the US states of Washington and Oregon across the border also suffocated in record temperatures this week and several hundred deaths were recorded.

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