Wildfires

A firefighter directs water on a grass fire burning on an acreage behind a residential property in Kamloops, B.C., Monday, June 5, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

From hoses and shovels to water bombers: How wildfires are being fought across Canada

In drier places, such as British Columbia, there’s a greater use of fire retardant

 

In Vancouver, Emergency Management Minister Bowinn Ma, left, looks on as BC Wildfire Service operations director Cliff Chapman speaks over Zoom June 8, 2023 in an update about the province’s wildfire situation. (Lauren Collins)

B.C. might need to ‘dig deep’ into its own resources for fighting wildfires this year

Province has multiple requests in for support already

 

A woman walks her dog along the Ottawa River in Ottawa as smoke from wildfires obscures Gatineau, Que., in the distance on Tuesday, June 6, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Canada marks Clean Air Day with worst air quality in the world as wildfires rage

The eastern U.S. is also seeing devastating effects from wildfire smoke drifting south

 

Quebec Premier Francois Legault checks the map where forest fires are raging as he visits the crisis operation centre, in Quebec City, Monday, June 5, 2023. Legault is visiting the community of Sept-Iles, meeting civil security officials and forest firefighter teams. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot
Quebec Premier Francois Legault checks the map where forest fires are raging as he visits the crisis operation centre, in Quebec City, Monday, June 5, 2023. Legault is visiting the community of Sept-Iles, meeting civil security officials and forest firefighter teams. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot
Aerial view of the Donnie Creek Wildfire is shown in this handout image provided by the BC Wildfire Service. The Donnie Creek fire is one of 83 fires burning in British Columbia, and one of 413 active blazes across the country. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-BC Wildfire Service

Northeast wildfire now the second largest in B.C.’s history: Wildfire Service

The fire, which is burning north of Fort St. John, is estimated at more than 2,400 square kilometres in size

Aerial view of the Donnie Creek Wildfire is shown in this handout image provided by the BC Wildfire Service. The Donnie Creek fire is one of 83 fires burning in British Columbia, and one of 413 active blazes across the country. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-BC Wildfire Service
Firefighters arrive at a command centre within the evacuated zone while taking a break from battling the wildfire burning in Tantallon, N.S. outside of Halifax on Wednesday, May 31, 2023. Fighting wildfires in forested areas is a different exercise than battling blazes in urban dwellings, although experts say more places are seeing a crossover as people build houses on the fringes of wooded zones. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese

Urban sprawl on wooded lands presents unique challenges when fires spread: experts

A fast-moving wildfire near Halifax destroyed an estimated 150 homes, forced about 16,000 people from their homes in subdivisions

Firefighters arrive at a command centre within the evacuated zone while taking a break from battling the wildfire burning in Tantallon, N.S. outside of Halifax on Wednesday, May 31, 2023. Fighting wildfires in forested areas is a different exercise than battling blazes in urban dwellings, although experts say more places are seeing a crossover as people build houses on the fringes of wooded zones. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese
An aircraft (centre) disperses a mix of water and fire retardant over a fire near Barrington Lake in Shelburne County, N.S. in this Wednesday, May 31, 2023 handout photo. The fires plaguing residents in Alberta and Nova Scotia are part of a larger trend that’s driving up the cost of home insurance as extreme weather becomes more common, insurance experts said. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Communications Nova Scotia **MANDATORY CREDIT**

Wildfires, other extreme weather driving insurance costs up over time: experts

Insurance Bureau of Canada’s annual report notes severe weather caused $3.1B in insured damage in 2022

An aircraft (centre) disperses a mix of water and fire retardant over a fire near Barrington Lake in Shelburne County, N.S. in this Wednesday, May 31, 2023 handout photo. The fires plaguing residents in Alberta and Nova Scotia are part of a larger trend that’s driving up the cost of home insurance as extreme weather becomes more common, insurance experts said. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Communications Nova Scotia **MANDATORY CREDIT**
Firefighters’ helmets and water bottles rest against the windshield of a truck at a command centre within the evacuated zone of the wildfire burning in Tantallon, N.S., outside of Halifax on Wednesday, May 31, 2023. Scattered showers are moving across parts of Nova Scotia this morning, providing some relief to a province still struggling with its worst wildfire season on record. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese
Firefighters’ helmets and water bottles rest against the windshield of a truck at a command centre within the evacuated zone of the wildfire burning in Tantallon, N.S., outside of Halifax on Wednesday, May 31, 2023. Scattered showers are moving across parts of Nova Scotia this morning, providing some relief to a province still struggling with its worst wildfire season on record. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese
Department of Natural Resources and Renewables firefighter Kalen MacMullin of Sydney, N.S., works on a fire in Shelburne County, N.S., in a Thursday, June 1, 2023 handout photo. Almost 700 international firefighters from South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and the United States are set to arrive in Canada over the next two weeks to help with an unusually severe start to wildfire season across the country. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Communications Nova Scotia **MANDATORY CREDIT**

Nearly 700 more international firefighters coming to Canada to help battle fires

There are already more than 500 international firefighters, incident commanders and other workers in Alberta

Department of Natural Resources and Renewables firefighter Kalen MacMullin of Sydney, N.S., works on a fire in Shelburne County, N.S., in a Thursday, June 1, 2023 handout photo. Almost 700 international firefighters from South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and the United States are set to arrive in Canada over the next two weeks to help with an unusually severe start to wildfire season across the country. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Communications Nova Scotia **MANDATORY CREDIT**
A helicopter drops water on a hot spot at a wildfire in Tantallon, N.S. in this Thursday, June 1, 2023 handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Communications Nova Scotia
A helicopter drops water on a hot spot at a wildfire in Tantallon, N.S. in this Thursday, June 1, 2023 handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Communications Nova Scotia
A wildfire which started in the afternoon of May 29 west of Sayward has spread to approximately 90 hectares overnight due to high winds. Photo Courtesy Rachel Boult/Facebook
A wildfire which started in the afternoon of May 29 west of Sayward has spread to approximately 160 hectares since it started on the afternoon of May 29. Photo Courtesy Rachel Boult/Facebook

UPDATE: Sayward Fire still not contained as it spreads to 160 hectares

Fire, believed to be human caused, started in the afternoon May 29.

A wildfire which started in the afternoon of May 29 west of Sayward has spread to approximately 90 hectares overnight due to high winds. Photo Courtesy Rachel Boult/Facebook
A wildfire which started in the afternoon of May 29 west of Sayward has spread to approximately 160 hectares since it started on the afternoon of May 29. Photo Courtesy Rachel Boult/Facebook
Patrick MacLennan with the Department of Natural Resources carries a cat rescued from the evacuated zone of the wildfire burning in Tantallon, N.S., outside of Halifax on Monday, May 29, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese

About 200 homes, structures destroyed in Halifax wildfire, taking toll on residents

Preliminary estimates indicate approximately 200 homes or structures have been damaged

Patrick MacLennan with the Department of Natural Resources carries a cat rescued from the evacuated zone of the wildfire burning in Tantallon, N.S., outside of Halifax on Monday, May 29, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese
A helicopter carrying water flies over heavy smoke from an out-of-control fire in a suburban community outside of Halifax that spread quickly, engulfing multiple homes and forcing the evacuation of local residents on Sunday May 28, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese

Pregnant people should be especially vigilant when wildfires pollute the air: doctor

A study notes wildfire smoke can affect the 1st trimester of pregnancy, increasing the risk of low birth weight in full-term babies

A helicopter carrying water flies over heavy smoke from an out-of-control fire in a suburban community outside of Halifax that spread quickly, engulfing multiple homes and forcing the evacuation of local residents on Sunday May 28, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese
A burnt metal sign hangs from a tree, damaged by recent wildfires, in Drayton Valley Alta., on Wednesday, May 17, 2023. As more wildfire evacuees are being allowed to return home in Alberta, provincial officials warn that warm, dry conditions are returning this weekend in some areas.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

‘Crushing consequences’: Experts see growing risk as wildfires crash into communities

Research suggests that interface fires, which occur where forests and flames meet human development, are on the rise

A burnt metal sign hangs from a tree, damaged by recent wildfires, in Drayton Valley Alta., on Wednesday, May 17, 2023. As more wildfire evacuees are being allowed to return home in Alberta, provincial officials warn that warm, dry conditions are returning this weekend in some areas.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
A helicopter carrying water flies over heavy smoke from an out-of-control fire in a suburban community outside of Halifax that spread quickly, engulfing multiple homes and forcing the evacuation of local residents on Sunday May 28, 2023.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese

Halifax wildfire still out of control, 14,000 forced from their homes: deputy chief

About 100 firefighters are doing their best to contain the fire

A helicopter carrying water flies over heavy smoke from an out-of-control fire in a suburban community outside of Halifax that spread quickly, engulfing multiple homes and forcing the evacuation of local residents on Sunday May 28, 2023.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese
A view of a wildfire over Hay River, Northwest Territories from an air tanker is shown in a May 14, 2023 handout photo. Residents of K’atl’odeeche First Nation and the neighbouring community of Hay River, N.W.T., remain displaced as an out-of-control wildfire continues to burn in the area. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Northwest Territories Environment and Natural Resources **MANDATORY CREDIT**

Residents still displaced as wildfire burns in southern Northwest Territories

About 3,500 people from two communities were forced to evacuate Sunday evening

A view of a wildfire over Hay River, Northwest Territories from an air tanker is shown in a May 14, 2023 handout photo. Residents of K’atl’odeeche First Nation and the neighbouring community of Hay River, N.W.T., remain displaced as an out-of-control wildfire continues to burn in the area. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Northwest Territories Environment and Natural Resources **MANDATORY CREDIT**
From left, General Steve Graham, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Colonel Ben Schmidt, MP Bill Blair and MP Randy Boissonnault meet with members of the Canadian Armed Forces who are assisting in the Alberta wildfires, in Edmonton on Monday, May 15, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Evacuation order lifted in central Alberta town as thousands more remain out of homes

Alberta officials say about 19,000 people are out of their homes as 86 active wildfires burn

From left, General Steve Graham, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Colonel Ben Schmidt, MP Bill Blair and MP Randy Boissonnault meet with members of the Canadian Armed Forces who are assisting in the Alberta wildfires, in Edmonton on Monday, May 15, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Heavy smoke from northern Alberta forest fires comes south to blanket the Bow River area in downtown Calgary, Tuesday May 16, 2023. Air quality statements continue to blanket much of British Columbia and the Prairie provinces as scores of wildfires rage.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Larry MacDougal

UPDATED: Air quality statements remain in place across Western Canada as wildfires rage

Officials say hotter conditions could arrive today, along with a potentially problematic wind shift

Heavy smoke from northern Alberta forest fires comes south to blanket the Bow River area in downtown Calgary, Tuesday May 16, 2023. Air quality statements continue to blanket much of British Columbia and the Prairie provinces as scores of wildfires rage.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Larry MacDougal
Fire and smoke from a wildfire are shown in Hay River, Northwest Territories. A First Nation reserve and nearby town in the southern Northwest Territories have been evacuated as a wildfire spreads in the area. THE CANADIAN PRESS/James Cardinal Jr.

Wildfire evacuates Hay River, nearby reserve in Northwest Territories

K’atl’oodeeche First Nation, Hay River, N.W.T., order evacuations as wildfire spreads

Fire and smoke from a wildfire are shown in Hay River, Northwest Territories. A First Nation reserve and nearby town in the southern Northwest Territories have been evacuated as a wildfire spreads in the area. THE CANADIAN PRESS/James Cardinal Jr.
The Bald Mountain Wildfire is shown in the Grande Prairie Forest Area on Friday May 12, 2023 this handout image provided by the Government of Alberta. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Government of Alberta Fire Service

Trudeau to visit Edmonton, meet with CAF personnel assisting with wildfires

Wildfire officials warn heat is now a concern in Alberta’s south, too

The Bald Mountain Wildfire is shown in the Grande Prairie Forest Area on Friday May 12, 2023 this handout image provided by the Government of Alberta. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Government of Alberta Fire Service