OTTAWA – Natural Resources Canada says the country’s record-breaking wildfire season will continue to be abnormally intense throughout July and into August.
The projections are based on anticipated high temperatures, dry conditions and historical comparisons.
The risk is expected to shrink slightly in August, but it will remain high across the country.
Canada surpassed the known historic record for total area burned by wildfires in one season on June 27, with months of hot weather still to come.
Some 88,000 square kilometres have burned as of July 5 – nearly 11 times the average amount burned by that date over the past 10 years.
More Canadians have been evacuated from their homes this year than in the last four decades, with more than 155,000 forced to leave due to fire and smoke.
Feature image: Flames from the Donnie Creek wildfire burn along a ridge top north of Fort St. John, British Columbia, Canada, Sunday, July 2, 2023. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)