Story: Wildfires raging in western Canada have wiped out more than two million acres of land in Alberta, about half the size of Lake Ontario.
The devastating consequences of what has turned out to be one of the worst wildfire seasons on record for the region, due to record high temperatures and low rainfall.
Alberta Wildfire Officer Christy Tucker said Tuesday that rescues from firefighters from Australia and New Zealand will soon arrive and will join thousands of firefighters already fighting the fire.
“1,123 firefighters from across Canada and the United States are providing relief to approximately 1,700 people from wildfires in Alberta. We work closely with municipal fire departments who also protect our communities.” With this view, I know the season isn’t over yet, and I need to be ready.”
Officials said the state will remain on high alert, although rainfall and lower temperatures will provide some relief.
“We hope the weather will continue to help fight the wildfires. Alberta remains under a State of Emergency, and the State Emergency Coordination Center remains at Level 4.”
Heat and lack of rain have caused widespread fires in Alberta this year, displacing tens of thousands of people from their homes.
According to Alberta’s Wildfire Information Service, damage so far has already increased thousands of times from last year.