A heat wave recording village that was overwhelmingly burned by a forest fire


A wildfire burned 90% of Canada’s record-breaking villages, local parliamentarians said.

Brad Bis said the fire caused enormous damage to Lytton and surrounding critical infrastructure in British Columbia.

“I was fortunate to finish my life,” Litton Mayor Jan Polderman told the BBC.

“There won’t be much litton left,” he said. “There were fires everywhere.”

Mr. Polderman His town was swallowed by the “wall of fire”, he told the BBC News Hour Program..

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Litton recorded the highest domestic temperature of 49.6C (121.3F) this week.

And unusually high temperatures were recorded in the North American belt.

In British Columbia, western Canada, 486 people died in five days, averaging 165 in peacetime.

Coroner Lisa Lapointe accused extreme weather. In the western provinces, only three heat-related deaths have been seen in the last three to five years.

Many of the deceased people lived alone in unventilated homes, according to Lapointe.

The coastal areas of Canada are cooler, but the inland areas are less restful. The meteorological system is currently moving eastward in Prairie. Alberta, Saskatchewan, and parts of Manitoba are subject to thermal alerts from the Canadian Ministry of the Environment.

What happened in Lytton?

Residents fled on Wednesday as smoke and flames swallowed a village of about 250 people, about 260 km (162 miles) northeast of Vancouver.

“Within about 15 minutes, the entire town was in flames,” Mayor Polderman told the BBC.

“People basically just grabbed their pets, grabbed the keys, got into the car and ran away.”

On Wednesday evening, winds of up to 71 km / h (44 mph) pushed the fire north, reported by CBC meteorologist Johanna Wagstaffe. The hot, dry and windy conditions in this area can mean that the fire is moving at 10 km / h or 20 km / h.

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The speed of the fire in Lytton meant that many people fled without possession.

In a social media post on Thursday, MP Brad Vis said he would not participate in Canada Day activities because he was always focused on emergencies.

“There are reports of some injuries. The situation is ongoing,” he wrote.

Residents were guided to a community near the reception center, and British Columbia wildfire services diverted crew and equipment from other areas to respond to the fire.

Jean McKay, who left the indigenous community of Canacover, about 15 kilometers from Lytton, told the CBC with his 22-year-old daughter Diadol. How emotionally difficult it was to leave their home.

Map showing the hottest areas in Canada and the northwestern United States

Map showing the hottest areas in Canada and the northwestern United States

“I cried. My daughter cried. She said,” I don’t even know why I held the key. I might not even have a house. ” I said, “Yes, I know. As long as we are together, we will survive.” I just pray that our house is okay. “

“You can’t even understand it,” Lytton refugee Edith Rolling-Khanga told CBC Radio. “The whole of our town is gone.”

Before the fire, Litton was recording The highest temperature ever seen in Canada for three consecutive days..

How dangerous was the heat elsewhere?

In Vancouver, British Columbia’s largest city, fever is believed to have killed 65 people since Friday.

The city has opened 25 air-conditioned cooling centers where people rest and work on their laptops.

“I don’t have air conditioning and I only have a fan in my house. I came here just to work in a cool place,” a woman named only Lou told AFP.

Smoke rises from wildfires at Long Rock and Lake Delixon in Central Okanagan, British Columbia, Canada, June 30, 2021

Wildfires were also found in Central Okanagan, British Columbia

In Oregon, USA Health officials have linked more than 60 deaths to extreme heat While in Washington, the Associated Press reported that 20 deaths were due to the weather.

Seattle, Portland, and other cities broke record hottest heat records, surpassing 46 ° C in some locations.

Both Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and US President Joe Biden warned of the threat of wildfires, and Mr. Biden told the US Governor of the West “more serious than ever.”

Can fever be associated with climate change?

Analysis Box by Environmental Correspondent Matt McGrath

Analysis Box by Environmental Correspondent Matt McGrath

I’ve heard from scientists that in just a few days it will be possible to determine how much human-induced warming has contributed to the scorching temperatures found in British Columbia.

One of the interesting evidences is the lack of rest that the night brings. Recent midnight temperatures in BC are 2 ° C higher than normal summer daytime figures.

Researchers say this combination of day and night heat is extremely dangerous to humans-study Published last year We have shown that these combined events are closely related to greenhouse gas emissions.

Local factors such as natural fluctuations and sea breeze can cause or limit the effects of extreme heat. But the big picture is that rising thermometers for global heating are affecting all events.

“All heat waves that occur today are more likely and more intense due to human-induced climate change,” Dr. Friederike Otto of Oxford University told the BBC.

“Climate change is arguably one of the driving forces behind this Canadian heat wave intensity, but it’s not just that, it’s an ongoing task to determine how much impact it will have.”

Experts say that fingerprints of global heating are everywhere, even if they can’t attribute this heat wave directly to climate change.

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