July 25, 2021

In western Canada, military sends air support to fight fires

To fight against a hundred fires that continue to ravage the province of British Columbia, the Canadian army is mobilizing. Canadian forces “Will provide air support to help areas affected by forest fires until July 19”Public Safety Minister Bill Blair tweeted Sunday, July 4, noting that the federal government had approved a request for the province’s assistance in combating “Devastating forest fires”.

Some 184 fires, often caused by lightning, were still active in British Columbia on Sunday, 41 of which have broken out in the past two days, according to the province’s fire department dashboard.

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About twenty evacuation orders or evacuation alerts – which ask residents to be ready to leave quickly – were in effect in the province.

The army will help “Provide air transportation of personnel, supplies and equipment to and from areas affected by the fires in British Columbia” and will help “Support an evacuation in an emergency situation if necessary”, said public security in a statement.

Investigators at Lytton

Fire-ravaged town of Lytton on July 1, 2021.

At least two people were killed in the blaze in the flames-ravaged small town of Lytton. Investigators having managed to get there, the province’s forensic medicine service announced on Saturday evening that the remains of two people had been found: these findings seem to confirm the statements of a member of their family. They are the first known victims of forest fires.

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Lytton, who has become the symbol of the current crisis after recording the historic record for heat in Canada with 49.6 ° C, was 90% destroyed by the fire.

The disaster began on Wednesday, but authorities waited to ensure that there was no longer any danger, including toxic fumes, to send a team to the scene on Saturday.

The World with AFP