Concerns of Weeks-Long Forest Fires in Canada
According to official sources, the forest fires in Canada are expected to persist for even longer. The province of Quebec could face a fire fight that lasts "the entire summer," warned authorities. More than 400 fires have ignited in the country.
Authorities estimate that the forest fires in Canada will persist for weeks longer. "We are facing a fight that we estimate will last the entire summer," said Francois Bonnardel, the Minister of Public Security for the province of Quebec.
"This is the first time in the history of Quebec that we are fighting so many fires and evacuating so many people," the Minister emphasized. On Saturday, a total of 416 forest fires burned in Canada, 203 of which were out of control.
Evacuation in the Province of Alberta
The situation in the province of Alberta worsened again on Friday evening after a few days of relative calm. Residents of the city of Edson were ordered to evacuate for the second time since the beginning of May. The fire had become so out of control that some of the emergency teams had to withdraw, according to the County of Yellowhead's Chief Administrative Officer Luc Mercier.
The town of Tumbler Ridge, with a population of 2,400, was also largely evacuated in the province of British Columbia after a fire moved to within a few kilometers of the town.
Canada is experiencing forest fires of unprecedented magnitude this year. More than 4.6 million hectares of land have already been devastated by flames since the beginning of the year, forcing tens of thousands of people to evacuate. According to experts, climate change is leading to more and more severe forest fires.