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Fire: After the heat, fire comes to western Canada: more than 200 active eruptions | Climate and environment

Smoke billows from Lydon, a Canadian city in British Columbia, on June 30, after a wildfire forced its residents to evacuate.JR Adams / Reuters

The The heat wave that hit western Canada It left the land suitable for the spread of flames. On Tuesday, the British Columbia Wildfire Service announced that 212 active fires were raging in the southern part of the Canadian province. Two-thirds of them are classified as uncontrolled. Authorities have issued eviction orders in dozens of communities.

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More than 100 firefighters have arrived in British Columbia from the provinces of Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick. This Sunday, Canadian Secretary of Defense Bill Blair said the Armed Forces would provide air support in areas affected by the fire. “First Climate change “Our government will always be there to keep Canadians safe, which will lead to an increase in extreme weather events around the world,” Blair wrote on Twitter.

The city of Lytton occupied places in newspapers around the world for breaking the heat mark for three consecutive days in Canada. June 29, The mercury in the thermometer reached 49.6 degrees. A day later, fires began to spread in the town. Two died and 90% of the houses were burned. On Monday, the British Columbia Wildland Fire Service announced that the fire “may have been caused by human activities.” Investigations are ongoing. Justin Trudeau, The Canadian Prime Minister announced that the federal government would provide all necessary support for Lytton’s reconstruction.

The Canadian Ministry of Environment has issued a warning regarding air quality in the province due to wildfires. The ministry stressed that people can experience various problems such as “increased cough, sore throat, headache or shortness of breath”. Children, the elderly and individuals with lung or heart conditions are particularly at risk.

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The so-called “heat dome” has left a deadly trail, especially in British Columbia. According to the provincial forensic service, 719 people died suddenly between June 25 and July 2; Three times more on average than other dates. There have been unprecedented calls to emergency services in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba following high records on thermometers. The heat wave affected the northwestern United States in the same way, with at least 100 deaths. The heat wave hit northern Ontario over the weekend. Thunder Bay crossed 34.3 degrees this Saturday, a new record in the city. However, the Canadian Ministry of Environment said temperatures would drop significantly in these coordinates from this Tuesday afternoon.

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