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Lawsuit claims CN, CP railways at fault for sparking fire that wiped out B.C. town

August 19, 2021 THE CANADIAN PRESS

VANCOUVER – A proposed class-action lawsuit alleges Canadian Pacific and Canadian National railways caused or contributed to the wildfire that destroyed the Village of Lytton, B.C. The B.C. Supreme Court statement of claim filed Wednesday alleges the fire was set

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Forest fire in northern New Brunswick still burning but now considered contained

August 17, 2021 THE CANADIAN PRESS

FREDERICTON – Fire officials in New Brunswick say a forest fire in the north of the province is now contained. The blaze has burned about 64 hectares east of Mount Carleton Provincial Park. The provincial forest fire report says 60

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Most Ontario wildfire evacuees headed home, one First Nation still evacuating

August 13, 2021 The Canadian Press

DRYDEN, Ont. – Most residents of First Nations in northwestern Ontario who were evacuated due to the threat of nearby wildfires are heading home. The province says hundreds of members of three communities — Pikangikum First Nation, Deer Lake First

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B.C. officials urge caution as third summer heat wave blankets parts of the province

August 12, 2021 The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER – British Columbia officials are reassuring residents that health and emergency services are ready to help people get through another heat wave this week. Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth says Emergency Management BC is working with communities to ensure

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Some evacuation orders, alerts, lifted near B.C. wildfire but heat set to return

August 10, 2021 The Canadian Press

Residents of nearly 400 properties on one flank of a destructive wildfire in British Columbia’s southern Interior are being allowed to head home. The Thompson-Nicola Regional District has downgraded an evacuation order to an alert. It has also issued an

Helicopters fly past the Tremont Creek wildfire as it burns on the mountains above Ashcroft, B.C., on Friday, July 16, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
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How this year’s B.C. wildfire season compares to previous years

August 10, 2021 by Jason Contant

It looks like this year’s wildfire season in British Columbia could be one for the record books. Between Apr. 1 and Aug. 9 of this year, the province saw 1,456 wildfires and nearly 650,000 hectares of area burned. This compares

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Wildfire devastates community of Monte Lake in B.C.’s southern Interior

August 6, 2021 The Canadian Press

MONTE LAKE, B.C. – Another British Columbia community has been devastated by a raging wildfire and more could be at risk from a blaze in the southern Interior between Kamloops and Vernon. Ken Gillis, chairman of the Thompson-Nicola Regional District,

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The claims impact of the B.C. wildfires

August 5, 2021 by Jason Contant

Wildfires raging across British Columbia have resulted in a lot of additional living expenses (ALE) claims, a property restoration firm told Canadian Underwriter Wednesday. “There’s just a lot of increases on the ALE [claims],” Shane Swinson, senior vice president, insurance

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Ontario seeing more and larger wildfires this year, officials say

July 26, 2021 Allison Jones - THE CANADIAN PRESS

The number and size of wildfires in northern Ontario this year are substantially higher than average, and have forced thousands of people to flee First Nations communities, the government said Monday. This year there have been 902 wildfires so far,

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Ontario imposes restrictions on industrial operations in northwest as wildfires burn

July 20, 2021 The Canadian Press

NORTHWESTERN ONTARIO – Ontario is imposing new restrictions on the mining, rail, construction and transportation industries in the province’s northwest to reduce the likelihood of human-caused fires. The move comes as 107 active wildfires burn in the region, with 32

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Wildfire in Lytton, B.C. a ‘wake-up call’ to take precautions: safety board

July 15, 2021 Camille Bains - THE CANADIAN PRESS

A wildfire in Lytton, B.C., during historically high temperatures points to a serious need to prevent similar occurrences, says the chairwoman of the Transportation Safety Board, which is investigating the possibility that a freight train could have been linked to

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Saskatchewan crews ‘fully engaged’ fighting more than 100 wildfires

July 14, 2021 The Canadian Press

Provincial fire crews in Saskatchewan are now fighting more than 100 wildfires in the province. The Saskatchewan Public Safety Agency says hot, dry weather forecast for the rest of the week, along with scattered storms producing lightning, is going to