This year’s wildfire season has long since set size records. The previous record was in 1989, when 73,000 square meters of land was burned for an entire year, according to national figures from the CIFFC center.
The area that has been burned so far this year is the combined area of the Norwegian counties of Troms, Finnmark and Viken.
A total of 4,088 forest and brush fires have been recorded so far this year. Over 150,000 people were evacuated.
– Completely crazy
Due to the scale of the fires, authorities felt compelled to let most of them burn. Most of the fires occurred in forests away from populated areas. But they still have serious consequences for the environment.
– This year, we are seeing worse numbers than our most pessimistic scenarios, says Yan Boulange of Canada’s Department of Natural Resources.
– What is completely crazy is that there has been no respite since May, he continues.
570 fires out of control
As of Saturday, there were 906 active fires in Canada. 570 of them are out of control, and it’s burning in every province of the country.
Western and Eastern Canada are hard hit. At the start of the wildfire season in May, western Alberta was hardest hit by wildfires of unprecedented magnitude.
A few weeks later, the fires were worst in Nova Scotia on the east coast, before huge fires in Quebec created thick clouds of smoke that even affected parts of the United States.
Since the beginning of July, the situation has taken a dramatic turn in British Columbia. More than 250 fires have broken out here in just three days last week. Most of them were triggered by lightning.
Large parts of Canada are affected by severe drought after months of abnormally low rainfall and high temperatures.
The country is warming faster than the rest of the Earth due to its geographical location. According to scientists, extreme weather events in Canada have increased in intensity and frequency due to climate change.
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