Growing wildfires across Western Canada are forcing thousands from their homes (Canada)

Thousands of people in Western Canada remain displaced from their homes as wildfires threaten their communities, triggering evacuation orders and alerts.In British Columbia, a widening area around the northeastern community of Fort Nelson is under evacuation, with the Parker Lake wildfire burnin...

featured-image

Photo: James Cardinal Jr. Wildfire smoke over Fort McMurray, Alta. on May 14, 2024.

Thousands of people in Western Canada remain displaced from their homes as wildfires threaten their communities, triggering evacuation orders and alerts. In British Columbia, a widening area around the northeastern community of Fort Nelson is under evacuation, with the Parker Lake wildfire burning close by and the larger Patry Creek wildfire raging to the northwest. Both fires are listed with the B.



C. Wildfire Service as "wildfires of note," with Parker Lake measuring 84 square kilometres in size and the Patry Creek fire covering a whopping 464 square kilometres. In Alberta, a 209-square-kilometre fire has chased more than 6,600 residents of southern Fort McMurray from their homes.

In 2016, a similar wildfire destroyed much of the oilsands community and its recovery took years. And just north of Cranberry Portage, Man., an out-of-control wildfire measuring 316 square kilometres has forced the area's roughly 500-plus locals to flee their homes.

The shifting conditions of the fires in northeastern B.C. forced the RCMP to relocate one of their safety checkpoints outside of Fort Nelson.

Mayor Rob Fraser issued a plea for residents not to attempt returning to their homes during the Mounties' absence. He says emergency crews need to focus on fighting the fires and not watching out for people trying to head home when it is not yet safe. For those working to defend the community from the fire, Structu.