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Western Canada is in a state of emergency as the fire escalates

The state of Western Canada declared a state of emergency on Tuesday, July 20, due to a fire that is expected to increase in the coming days due to heat and wind.

“We have reached a critical juncture”, British Columbia’s Minister of Public Security Mike Bournworth announced at a news conference. “On the advice of those responsible for managing emergencies and wildfires and bad weather conditions, I declare a provincial emergency.”

The minister also referred to the large-scale eviction of residents in the region and a decision to provide the government with means of providing shelter to the displaced.

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More than 32,000 have been issued eviction notices

More than 5,700 people were alarmed by the evacuation order in the province on Tuesday, more than twice as many as the previous day, and more than 32,000 were on duty for the fire with evacuation warnings.

“Please prepare an escape plan for your family”, Asked Cliff Chapman, head of fire operations in British Columbia, who said 3,000 kilometers The squares of land were already rising in smoke. According to him, this is already three times higher than the average of the last ten years.

There are nearly 300 active wildfires in the region, as the weather will be hot and dry in the coming days, especially in the interior of the US border province and southwest. More than 3,180 firefighters and personnel are currently on duty in the province.

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83 Great fire destroys America

Experts say the fire has been ravaging western Canada for weeks now, after an episode of extreme heat at the end of June as a result of global warming. Across the border, 83 large fires are damaging the United States, some very dangerous, and firefighters compare them “Monsters”.

Remains of cars destroyed by the Bootleg fire near Beatty, Oregon on July 21, 2021.

The bootleg fire in Oregon is by far the most interesting. Already larger than the city of Los Angeles, it continues to grow, triggered by wind and a major drought.

Even New York City across the country was covered in a smoky gray veil from Tuesday’s fire, which forced the city to issue a wind quality warning.

July 20, 2021 in New York City with a blanket.

“It’s a marathon, not a sprint”, Assured Rob Allen, who is in charge of fire management in the area. About 2,250 firefighters take turns day and night trying to put out the fire. “We’ll be there until this monster is brought to safety.”, He promised.

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World with AFP