The situation is expected to worsen further, because there are currently 906 active forest fires in Canada, of which 570 cannot be contained. “The current situation exceeds even our most bleak scenarios, there have been forest fires continuously since May.” – said Yan Boulanger, a researcher at the Ministry of Natural Resources.
Forest fires usually occur in forested, bushy regions far from inhabited areas, but there have also been examples of flames threatening settlements. Since the beginning of the year, 150,000 people had to leave their homes due to forest fires. Such a high number of population evacuations has not been seen in 40 years. The worst year on record in Canada was 1989, when 7.3 million hectares burned over the course of the entire year.
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