Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Canada sends army to fight fire in British Columbia

Canada has mobilized its army to deal with the Forest fires spreading at full speed in British Columbia, the prime minister, Justin Trudeau, said on Sunday. Meanwhile, the western province is dealing with the blazes, which have prompted evacuation orders for more than 35,000 people.

British Columbia explained the emergency, imposed a non-essential travel ban to clear travel accommodations for evacuees and firefighters, and urged drone operators and others capturing images of the fires to stay away from rescuers.

In some British Columbia cities, the Air Quality Index (AQI), which measures major pollutants, including particulate matter produced by fires, was above 350, a score of “dangerous”, according to IQAir, a platform for real-time air quality information.

At midnight (0400 GMT), Salmon Arm recorded the worst air quality index in the country with an AQI of 470. Kelowna College and Sicamous, among others, had an AQI of 423.

West Kelowna Fire Chief Jason Brolund said he sees some hope after battling “epic” fires for the past four days. He said conditions have improved and helped firefighters fight the blazes that threatened the town of 150,000.

“We finally feel like we’re going forward instead of going backward, and that’s a great feeling,” Brolund told the Canadian Broadcasting Corp.

Trudeau said in a tweet that the federal government will offer the support of the Canadian Army “to assist with evacuations” and other logistical tasks in response to a request from the British Columbia government.

Wildfires are common in Canada, but the spread of the blaze and outages underscore the severity of the worst wildfire season on record, which some experts attribute to climate change.

In Canada, government officials have urged residents in evacuation-ordered zones to leave immediately to save their lives and prevent firefighters from being killed trying to rescue them.

The authorities have not given any information about the total number of Destroyed buildings. Videos and photos on social media showed destroyed buildings and vehicles, as well as huge blazes consuming trees.

Roughly 140,000 square kilometers (54,054 sq mi) of land, about the size of New York state, has burned across the country, and a smoky haze extends to the US east coast. Government officials believe the fire season could continue into the fall due to widespread drought-like conditions.

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