July 31, 2021

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The “most serious” fire hazard threatens western Canada

In Lytton, British Columbia, temperatures reached 47.9 C on Monday, breaking the Canadian record for the highest temperature ever recorded in Las Vegas, Nevada. As for Environment Canada, mercury hit 49.5 ° C on Tuesday, shattering the previous day’s record.

For now, the clear blue sky is delaying the arrival of lightning, which forest experts say could be a spark that ignites the flames.

The good thing about this heat wave is that the atmosphere is so stable that it suppresses lightning activity.Says Mike Flannigan, a professor at the University of Alberta. If there is no spark, we have no problem.

However, this is a weak point. On the one hand, the lightning period has only just begun, he recalled. On the other hand, wildfires are most often caused by humans.

In 2018, British Columbia experienced the worst wildfire seasons in its history.

Photo: Associated Press / Daryl Dick

Signal of climate change

With today’s temperatures, we are in an unnamed territory , Natural Resources Canada Forest Ecologist Yan Blanker agrees.

In a matter of weeks, wildfire levels in several parts of Alberta and British Columbia went from moderate to severe. They are very serious now, Says Yan Bowlinger.

This thing only happens once every 10,000 years.

Elsewhere in the world, regions such as Siberia and Australia have experienced severe weather and the island in recent years, says Mike Flannigan.

You have to take advantage of it. This is a signal of climate change.

An excerpt from:Mike Flannigan, professor at the University of Alberta

On alert

Alberta fights fire season An army of new technologies, A water system in gel form, a large-scale water supply system, including wildfire detection cameras and drones.

Although 19 wildfires have been started in British Columbia in the last few days, they say they are not currently a major problem for fire services. The fire started nearby Spark Lake It also caused some eviction announcements on Monday evening.

Our leading teams are successfulCongratulations to Jean Strong, spokesman for the provincial fire department.

Firefighters are stationed in areas where the heat is most intense, planes fly over woods in search of smoke, and control officers monitor ground compliance with fire regulations, he said.

When it is very hot and dry, preparation and prevention are important, This is Mike Flannigan. If the fire reaches it while it is still small, it can be extinguished.

However, it is different when we see extreme conditions like today. That window is 20 minutes later, he says. We have 20 minutes to put out this fire, otherwise, beware!

With information from Bob Weber and The Canadian Press