Many forest fires occurred in early May in several Canadian regions, nature becoming an inferno.
These got out of control and involved the massive evacuation of around 30,000 people, villages reduced to ashes, oil installations shut down, etc.
Among the 30,000 evacuees, some fled with their vehicle or camper van, others took refuge in vacant lots or centers specially opened to receive them.
Currently, 27 fires are still trying to be controlled, this is the case in the Province of Alberta where more than 122,000 hectares have been burned.
These fires have an “extreme” character since they are difficult to control. They are fanned by strong gusts of wind allowing them to spread over large areas in a short time, making it almost impossible for the rescue services to reach them because of their dangerousness.
These phenomena are mainly characterized by imposing flames, very high heat, very violent winds, sudden changes in intensity and direction and are usually not present in May but rather in the middle of summer.
The Prime Minister indicated that the Canadian province experienced a very dry spring and that with so much kindling, it only took a few sparks to start very frightening fires. She also triggered a state of emergency.
For several years, Canada has been regularly hit by extreme weather events whose characteristics have increased due to global warming.
There are between 600 and 700 Alberta firefighters currently on the ground. Several hundred other firefighters from other provinces also came to lend a hand.
The authorities hope that a drop in temperatures as well as precipitation will come to “help” the fire fighters who have been fighting for several days against these fires or at least manage to “control and stabilize” the situation.