Wildfires in Alberta: More than 10,000 people evacuated

Wildfires in Alberta: More than 10,000 people evacuated

More than 10,000 Canadians were forced to evacuate their homes Friday as nearly 80 wildfires raged across Alberta.

Global News reported Friday that at least 20 homes and a store and a Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) unit had already been burned to the ground in northern Alberta.

More than 10,000 people are said to have been forced to evacuate due to the forest fires.

English-language media continued to report fire bans across much of central Alberta due to dry, hot and particularly windy weather.

“It is during these extreme times that the risk is greatest. If there are departures [d’incendie] And we could be in real trouble,” Mike Flannigan, research chair of forecasting services, emergency management and fire science at Thompson University, told the Calgary Herald on Thursday.

“Anything close to the community, that would be a real concern,” he continued.

In 2019, wildfires in Alberta displaced 15,000 residents, and one of them, Chuckegg Creek, which reportedly burned 3,501 square kilometers, was brought under control after 98 days, GlobalNews points out.

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