Aug 11, 2023
By Jeremy Logan
Federal officials are slated to provide an update Friday on the forecast for the rest of this year’s devastating wildfire season.
Officials have already indicated Canada is experiencing its worst fire season on record, scorching over 130,000 square kilometres to date, which is more than six times the 10-year average.
Earlier this year, hundreds of homes were destroyed by wildfires in Nova Scotia, and some 4,000 firefighters in British Columbia are currently battling hundreds of blazes, many of which have threatened communities and forced evacuations.
According to Natural Resources Canada, last week there were more than 650 fires burning across Canada, about two-thirds of them in British Columbia.
So far, four firefighters have died this summer fighting wildfires in B.C., Alberta, and the Northwest Territories.