Canadian military on alert as wildfires rage

A handout satellite image shows a view of the McKay Creek fire, some 23km north of the community of Lillooet, British Columbia, Canada, June 30, 2021. A heatwave has hit Canada and northwest USA, sending temperatures to dangerous highs. – EPA pic, July 4, 2021.

THE Canadian military was on standby yesterday to help evacuate towns and fight more than 170 wildfires fuelled by a record-smashing heat wave and tinder-dry conditions as the government in Ottawa warned of a “long and challenging summer” ahead.

At least 174 fires were active in the western province of British Columbia, 78 of them sparked in the last two days, officials said. Most were caused by intense lightning storms.

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