According to reports, around noon on Saturday, 176 fires in BC were considered active, including 76 fires reported in the past two days. BC Wildfire Service dashboard.
“In general, we are three weeks ahead of the dry cycle,” Cliff Chapman, the regional operations director of the Wildfire Bureau of British Columbia, told reporters on Friday afternoon because Report Canadian Broadcasting Corporation News.
“Just because of the June heat wave, it cannot be compared with the past seasons.”
Chapman said that on Thursday alone, about 12,000 lightning strikes were reported across the province, and CTV News also reported Report.
Main Street in Lytton, before and after yesterday’s devastating fire.
(Photo from a member of the Chilliwack Fire Department) pic.twitter.com/OaoRvg1ch3
— Justin McElroy (@j_mcelroy) July 1, 2021
The fire happened after the westernmost province of Canada Experienced record-breaking temperature In the past week, the village of Lytton, located about 275 kilometers (170 miles) northeast of Vancouver inland, British Columbia, broke the national record for several days.
After the fire broke out this week, Lytton ordered the entire community to evacuate, forcing residents to flee. According to local media reports, at least two people died.
“It’s a complete panic,” said Lytton First Nation Acting Chief John Haugen, just as Report By the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. “It blows in and takes away everything on its way.”
On Friday night, Canadian Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan stated that the federal government is establishing an emergency response base in Edmonton, Alberta, to help deal with wildfires.
“We will deploy more air resources in Edmonton as soon as possible, including a Hercules aircraft and two Chinook medium-heavy helicopters. They can be used to airlift firefighters and equipment in and out of the disaster area, and to support the evacuation of residents,” Sajjan said on Twitter.
In view of the seriousness of the wildfire situation in western Canada, we are establishing a forward operating base in Edmonton, which will be able to provide support throughout the western region if needed.
-Harjit Sajjan (@HarjitSajjan) July 3, 2021
The Government of British Columbia also announced disaster financial assistance for local governments and indigenous people affected by wildfires.
“As the governor said yesterday, the provincial and federal governments will be there to help Lytton rebuild the community,” Public Safety Secretary and Attorney General Mike Farnworth said in a statement.
Experts point out that climate change is the cause of the early wildfire season and recent high temperatures. Meteorologists say this is related to the so-called “hot dome”, which is a weather system trapped in hot air that landed on the west coast in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. unit.
Officials and residents continue to work hard to deal with the effects of the high temperature.
BC’s chief coroner Lisa Lapointe said on Friday that the number of deaths reported between June 25 and July 1 was 719, three times the normal rate during the same period. She said that many of the dead were elderly people living alone in private houses with poor ventilation.
Lapointe said in a statement: “We are releasing this information because people believe that the extreme weather experienced by British Columbia in the past week may be an important factor in the increase in deaths.”
“Some areas of the province continue to experience abnormally high temperatures. It is still important for all of us to take extra care to avoid the dangerous effects of extreme heat. Please pay attention to family, friends and neighbors, especially those who live alone.”
Colton Davis, a reporter for NL News in Kamloops, British Columbia, said the situation was “very, very scary.”
Davis told Al Jazeera on Saturday: “In my Kamloops area, there are several major, very large-scale, out-of-control fires burning outside the city limits.”
“In the past four days or so, as we said, more than 75,000 hectares of forest [have] Vanished alone in these devastating wildfires. “