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World Forest Fires: Evacuations continue in Western Canada

05:15  22 july  2021
05:15  22 july  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

Millions sweltering in US west as Canada takes emergency steps

  Millions sweltering in US west as Canada takes emergency steps Millions sweltering in US west as Canada takes emergency stepsIn Canada, with wildfires continuing to spread -- including 50 more blazes erupting in the past two days -- the government announced new emergency measures aimed at preventing further fires.

Thousands of residents are fleeing Wednesday flames in western Canada when a few hundred military will be deployed to combat these particularly violent and early fires. year.

"My new house is my holiday trailer", tells the head of a district of this West Province, Margo Wagner, herself evacuated.

This is the second time in four years that its residence of Canim Lake, a rural area in the center of British Columbia, is threatened by a fire.

The province has decreed on Monday the state of emergency before the advance of the forest fires and more than 5,700 people are targeted by an evacuation order and more than 32,000 people are under an evacuation alert.

Hundreds of thousands of hectares already burn in the American West

 Hundreds of thousands of hectares already burn in the American West © David Becker, Getty Images via AFP at the entrance of the Death Valley, a sign warns against strong heat, July 11, 2021. strong heat and drought cause significant forest fires in the United States and Canada. Hundreds of thousands of hectares of vegetation have already been ravaged by the flames, pushing the authorities to ration the consumption of water and electricity.

"We did it in 2017 and we will redo it. Is it stressful? Is it scaling? Absolutely," she says, in a calm tone.

Other neighboring communities are preparing for the worst since the weather conditions (wind and hot weather) will not give any respite to the 3,180 firefighters deployed.

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

"What is the most frightening is that we are only in mid-July. There is still a lot of time before the end of the season and we do not expect rain," she says.

The Canadian Armed Forces are preparing for 350 additional soldiers in British Columbia and 120 in Manitoba, a province of the center of the country also struggling with major homes, according to the spokesperson for National Defense, John Nethercott. In Ontario, some 75 soldiers lend local hand to local firefighters.

south of the border, in the United States, firefighters fight braziers so big that they now generate their "own climate", according to experts. Nearly 80 immense lights ravage at the moment hundreds of thousands of hectares in California, Montana and Nevada.

The most impressive is always the "Bootleg Fire", in Oregon, which burned in two weeks the equivalent of the city of Los Angeles in vegetation and forests.

In the neighboring state of California, several villages had to be evacuated to the progression of the Flames of Dixie Fire, a fire that could have been caused by the fall of a tree on electric lines of a large supplier of Electricity Pacific Gas and Electric (PG & E).

Forest fires in Turkey and Greece, houses threatened .
Firefighters fight against fires that declared themselves on Wednesday afternoon in southern Turkey, near the tourist area of ​​Antalya, and in Greece, in Peloponnese. View on Euronews © Arif Kaplan / IHA police officers and inhabitants observing the advance of a fire near Manavgat, Antalya, Turkey, July 28, 2021 The south of Turkey has been prey to the flames since yesterday.

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