As thousands evacuate their homes due to wildfires burning across the Northwest Territories and British Columbia, the latest forecasts show conditions in a number of communities are expected to get worse.
Rising temperatures and elevated wind speeds have made it especially difficult for fire crews to battle blazes in parts of the Northwest Territories, including Fort Smith and Hay River. The hot, dry weather and low humidity will likely result in “extreme fire behaviour” over the next few days, according to territorial officials.
In the Northwest Territories, more than 25,000 people have evacuated their homes, while more than 27,000 people have been displaced due to wildfires in British Columbia. Although evacuation orders in B.C.’s Okanagan Valley were recently downgraded to alerts, wildfires continue to burn across the region, and the province remains in a state of emergency.
Beyond Northern and Western Canada, mapping data from NASA shows wildfires are burning in parts of Ontario and Quebec as well. As of Tuesday, more than 1,000 wildfires remain active across Canada, according to the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre. Data compiled by the organization also shows wildfires have burned more than 15 million hectares of land so far this year.
As Canadians face what is considered the country’s worst wildfire season on record, CTVNews.ca wants to hear from those directly impacted by these fires.
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