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World More residents flee as fires ravage western Canada

02:43  22 july  2021
02:43  22 july  2021 Source:   afp.com

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Thousands of residents fled blazes in western Canada on Wednesday with several hundred soldiers scheduled to deploy to fight this year's virulent and early fires, which are wreaking havoc across portions of western North America.

a close up of a car going down the road: A firefighting tanker drops a retardant over the Grandview fire near Sisters, Oregon on July 11, 2021 © Handout A firefighting tanker drops a retardant over the Grandview fire near Sisters, Oregon on July 11, 2021

"I have a holiday trailer that is my new home," said Margo Wagner, head of a district in the western province of British Columbia, who has found herself among the evacuees.

The fire marks the second time in four years that her home in the province's central Canim Lake rural area has been threatened by a blaze.

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 fires: Western Canada declares the state of emergency, thousands of inhabitants sorted to evacuate the province of Western Canada decreed the state of emergency Tuesday due to fire growth Who should still grow in the coming days because of heat and winds. "We have reached a critical point," Mike Farnworth announced, the British Columbia Minister of Public Safety at a press point. "On the basis of the advice of the managers of emergency management and forest fires, and the deterioration of weather conditions, I declare the state of provincial emergency," he added.

South of the border, a number of communities in the United States are being threatened by wildfires, creating conditions that are so extreme that the blazes have generated their own climate, according to experts.

Nearly 80 huge fires are currently ravaging hundreds of thousands of acres (hectares) in California, Oregon, Montana and Nevada.

The largest among these is still the Bootleg Fire in Oregon, which has burned through a section of land the same size as the city of Los Angeles, in just two weeks.

In neighboring California, several towns were evacuated as they faced rising flames from the Dixie Fire, a conflagration that may have been caused by a tree falling on Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) lines.


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Back in Canada, British Columbia declared a state of emergency on Monday, with more than 5,700 people under an evacuation order and more than 32,000 people under evacuation alert.

"We did it in 2017 and we will do it again in 2021. Is it stressful? Is it scary? Absolutely it is," Wagner said.

Other neighboring areas are preparing for the worst since weather conditions -- particularly wind and heat -- are not expected to give 3,000 firefighters already fighting the blazes a break anytime soon.

"I have been living here in Ashcroft for almost 25 years now and I have never seen anything like this before," said Mayor Barbara Roden, whose municipality in the center of the province has been on high alert since July 14.

"The most frightening thing in a lot of ways is that we're all looking at the calendar and this is only half way through July," she said.

Climate change amplifies droughts which dry out regions, creating ideal conditions for wildfires.

The Canadian armed forces are preparing to deploy 350 additional troops to British Columbia and 120 to Manitoba, a central province also struggling with large fire outbreaks, according to the Canadian Joint Operations Command.

In Ontario, some 75 military personnel are helping firefighters.

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fires in the United States: Part of the country, including New York, under a black smoke .
© Timothy A. Clary An thick fog of smoke almost masks, on Tuesday, the statue of freedom in New York. AFP / Timothy A. Clary Images are impressive. The Statue of Liberty in New York ? We only see the silhouette through a thick fog of black smoke! The CN Tower, Toronto iconic monument in Canada? Same thing ! Funny show, this Tuesday, in several regions of Eastern United States, including New York, and Canada.

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