Lightning causes wildfire in British Columbia


In the wake of record-breaking heat waves, more than 130 wildfires fueled by lightning are burning in western Canada.

The Canadian federal government has said it will send military aircraft to assist paramedics fighting to control a fire in British Columbia.

Earlier this week, people had to flee the village of Lytton in the state.

Lytton, which recorded the highest temperature ever recorded in Canada at 49.6C (121.3F) on Tuesday, was destroyed in a fire.

A village flame about 260 kilometers (160 miles) northeast of Vancouver left many of the 250 inhabitants without belongings on Wednesday night.

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

Recently, unusually high temperatures have been recorded in North American strips.

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On Friday, British Columbia Wildfire Service announced that 136 fires broke out across the state after about 12,000 lightning strikes the day before.

Hundreds of people were warned that they might have to leave their homes.

On July 1, 2021, a wildfire burns on the hills of Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada.

British Columbia officials have recorded more than 130 such wildfires in Kamloops.

Canada’s defense minister, Harjit Sajjan, said the government would provide assistance, including military helicopters and personnel, to tackle the fire and help reach those threatened by fire.

The flames forced the closure of many major roads.

Public Security Minister Bill Blair said weather and wildfires had “catastrophic” and “unprecedented” effects on British Columbia.

“These wildfires show that we are in the early stages of what we promise to have a long and challenging summer,” he said.

Health officials say extreme heat is likely to have contributed to the sudden death of 719 people in the past week.

“Most of the deaths we’ve experienced in the past week have been elderly people living alone in private homes with minimal ventilation,” coroner Prime Minister Lisa Lapointe said in a statement.

The coastal areas of Canada are cooler, but the inland areas are less restful. British Columbia Wildfire Service said it is preparing for more wildfires throughout the weekend.

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