Devastating situation in Canada: 15 million hectares of land destroyed

Canada is currently experiencing the worst wildfire season in its history. But the devastation is hardly affecting the political landscape: The Conservative Party continues to campaign against a CO2 tax, while the ruling Liberal Party announces its climate adaptation program as the fires rage. And many people do not believe the government’s climate policy can do anything about the crisis.
Like West Kelowna, a small town in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley. Thick yellow smoke hangs over the once-picturesque town known for its sandy beaches and wineries. It now lies in ruins after an aggressive forest fire raged through the area. It is one of 377 active forest fires in British Columbia that led the province to declare a state of emergency over the weekend.
Now, all eyes are turning to Yellowknife as multiple fast-spreading wildfires take hold in the capital of the Northwest Territories. More than 20,000 people have been evacuated from the city in the north. Some rain on Monday has given people hope, but the mayor warned that “the city is still under a threat.”
Forests have been burning across Canada since early May. According to the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre, 15.3 million hectares of land have been destroyed so far. Crops have withered, tens of thousands of people have been forced to leave their homes, and toxic smoke plumes continue to pollute the air quality from coast to coast.
According to World Weather Attribution, a website that analyzes data to determine how climate change affects the intensity and likelihood of extreme weather events, the early summer from May to June has been the warmest since 1940. These conditions formed the basis for the most impactful wildfire season in Canada’s history. It was fueled by strong winds, drought, and heat, and provides a glimpse of the country’s future.

  • Denise Salmon

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    These fires are so frequent these days. I hope this problem will be solved soon.

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