Authorities in western British Columbia are fighting the fires that erupted after the historic heat wave.
The Canadian military will provide air support to the western province of British Columbia (BC) because it is associated with a series of Massive wildfire After a few days of outbreak Record temperature.
in a statement On Sunday, the federal government stated that the army will help transport “people, supplies and equipment in and out of the fire-affected areas of the province” and assist in any emergency evacuation.
Bill Blair, Canadian Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Say The military’s support will continue until July 19.
Blair said in the statement: “Canadians can rest assured that all government orders are working together to ensure the safety of the people of British Columbia and their communities.”
Hundreds of people have been evacuated from their homes in the interior of British Columbia due to the fire, which is believed to have been caused by a record heat wave Hundreds died According to local officials, within the province.
Experts say that climate change is exacerbating extreme weather events, such as wildfires and heat waves seen in British Columbia-which has prompted the Canadian government to abandon large fossil fuel projects such as pipeline.
Sunday afternoon, BC Wildfire Service dashboard display There are still 184 fires in BC, and the authorities said they are worried that more fires may be lit.
“Unfortunately, we expect another lightning incident to pass through the southern inland areas,” said Jean Strong, BC Fire Information Officer, as Report Canadian Broadcasting Corporation News. “If we see… I would like to see more ignitions.”
According to local media reports, on Wednesday, at least two people died in the village of Lytton, about 275 kilometers (170 miles) northeast of Vancouver, British Columbia, after fires and smoke enveloped the entire community and forced residents to evacuate quickly.
Litton broke Canada’s highest temperature record for several days earlier.
Matt Pasco, the chief of the Nlaka’pamux National Tribal Committee, including the Litton Aborigines, condemned the evacuation in an interview with Canadian media this weekend.
Pasco accused the government of ignoring the needs of the community in the early stages of the emergency. “This is a bad attempt at what they want to do,” he told the news agency. “They set up a process for our cattle, but not for the Nlaka’pamux people.”
The Government of British Columbia admitted that the “early communication” with the indigenous leaders “did not meet expectations”, CP Report.
In a statement on Sunday, the British Columbia government stated that the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) “will continue to make every effort to ensure the safety and proper handling of all residents and evacuees from Lytton Village and adjacent Aboriginal communities”.
It also urges residents evacuated from their homes to register with the authorities, “so that relatives and communities know where you are and that you are safe.”
The government stated that it has established emergency support services to provide food, clothing and shelter for evacuees. It has also established reception centers in several locations, including the cities of Kamloops, Chilliwack and Kelowna.