September 24, 2021

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Fire in western Canada, 1,000 evacuations

About a thousand people were evacuated Wednesday evening in British Columbia in western Canada due to a fire caused by an unprecedented heat wave on Thursday 1st.There is July Provincial officials.

Prime Minister John Horgan has reported 62 new fires in British Columbia in the past 24 hours. “I can only emphasize that the fire is currently severe in almost all parts of British Columbia, and urges British Colombians to carefully listen to the authorities and follow the instructions.”, He stressed during a press conference.

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John Horgan said he had sought reinforcements from Justin Trudeau’s federal government. “The last 24 hours have been devastating for the people of Lytton .OrForcesCanada [Forces armées canadiennes] Are ready to help residents ”, Canadian Defense Minister Harjeet Sajjan confirmed on Twitter.

Provincial officials have not yet reported any injuries or deaths related to the fire, which was identified specifically north of the town of Kamloops, about 350 km northeast of Vancouver.

At 5 p.m., the British Columbia Fire Department clarified what they expected “Another very difficult day with wildfires”, Because “Unprecedented hot and dry weather in recent days”.

The village of Lytton was destroyed

On Thursday, July 1, 2021, a fire broke out in the mountains north of Lytton, British Columbia.

“The exceptionally strong rock in British Columbia will continue to bring temperatures over the next two daysEnvironment Canada also said in a statement issued early Thursday morning in the Prince-George area of ​​British Columbia. The length of this heat wave is worrying because there is a high temperature at night so get some rest from the heat at night. “

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The village of Lytton, 250 km northeast of Vancouver, famous for creating a temperature of 49.6 degrees Celsius this week, has been almost completely destroyed. As many as 250 residents were evacuated Wednesday evening after a fire spread rapidly. The eviction order was then extended to residents of one hundred properties north of Lytton, from Wednesday to Thursday. In all, more than 1,000 people were evacuated by the end of Wednesday.

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“90% of villages burn, including city center”MP of the constituency. Brad Wise said on Facebook early Thursday morning. British Columbia officials said some residents were missing.

On Thursday, a heat wave moved east across the canals of central Canada. With the exception of British Columbia, heat wave warnings have been issued for parts of Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and the northwestern part of the country and now northern Ontario.

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Le Mont with AFP and Reuters