Military put on standby to evacuate fire-threatened towns in western Canada

A handout satellite image made available by Nasa shows a detailed view of the McKay Creek fire, some 23km north of the community of Lillooet, British Columbia, Canada. – Nasa/EPA pic, July 3, 2021.

OTTAWA prepared to send military aircraft and other help to evacuate towns and fight more than 100 wildfires in western Canada yesterday, fuelled by a record-smashing heat wave.

According to wildfire officials, at least 143 fires were active in British Columbia, 77 of them sparked in the past two days. Most were caused by lightning strikes.

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