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Western Canada declares state of emergency as fire rises

The state of Western Canada declared a state of emergency on Tuesday, July 20, due to an expected fire that will 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 targeted by the evacuation order in the province on Tuesday, more than twice as many as the previous day, and more than 32,000 were out of duty on fire under the evacuation warning.

“Please prepare an escape plan for your family”, Asked Cliff Chapman, head of fire operations in British Columbia.2 The land was already smoky. 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 and hot, dry weather will continue with high winds in the coming days, especially in the interior and southwest of the U.S. border state. 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 wreaking havoc in western Canada for weeks, after an episode of extreme heat at the end of June as a result of global warming. Across the border, 83 large fires are devastating the United States, some very dangerous, and firefighters compare them “Monsters”.

July 19, 2021 near Beatty, Oregon

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.

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New York, on the other hand, was also covered in smoky gray 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