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B.C.’s largest wildfire remains out of control

September 19, 2022 The Canadian Press

HUDSON’S HOPE, B.C. – An evacuation order for British Columbia’s largest wildfire has been rescinded, though the BC Wildfire Service says the blaze remains out of control. The Battleship Mountain wildfire in the Prince George Fire Centre is now estimated

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Power restored to Jasper, Alta., after national park wildfire caused outage days ago

September 15, 2022 The Canadian Press

JASPER, ALBERTA – Parks Canada welcomed visitors back to Jasper National Park Wednesday after power was restored to the townsite that was knocked out by a wildfire north of the community earlier this month.   “With the restoration of transmission power

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Coalition on climate adaptation says Canada needs hard targets on disaster resilience

September 13, 2022 Mia Rabson - THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA – A broad coalition on climate adaptation and disaster resilience says air conditioning should become a human right on par with winter heating – one of a series of hard targets it says Canada needs to meet in the

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Wildfire smoke continues to blanket parts of B.C., improves slightly over Vancouver

September 12, 2022 The Canadian Press

Air quality has improved slightly over Metro Vancouver but remains at very unhealthy levels in several other regions as wildfire smoke blankets large sections of British Columbia. Environment Canada is maintaining air quality statements for areas from the Peace River

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Crews keep close watch on one B.C. wildfire, as another delays school in northeast

September 6, 2022 The Canadian Press

Wildfire officials in British Columbia say they are working with BC Parks and the Transportation Ministry to prepare for the spread of a blaze that has charred 19 square kilometres of bush in a provincial park east of Vancouver. The

Wildfire in a heavily forested area of Northwest Territories
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Territory’s 2022 wildfire season has nearly doubled five-year average for area burned

August 30, 2022 Emily Blake - THE CANADIAN PRESS

YELLOWKNIFE – The 2022 wildfire season in the Northwest Territories is shaping up to be one of the most severe in the past five years. “We’re well on our way to doubling our five-year average for area burned,” said Mike

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BC Wildfire Service predicts stable forecast following persistent lightning strikes

August 16, 2022 The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER – A spokesperson for the BC Wildfire Service says 80 per cent of the 212 new fires sparked across the province since Wednesday were caused by lightning. Briana Hill says the service was well prepared and 69 per cent

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Newfoundland wildfires could be sign of what climate change has in store for province

August 15, 2022 The Canadian Press

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – A climatologist says the wildfires that have been burning for more than two weeks in central Newfoundland could be a sign of what’s to come as the province feels the impacts of climate change. Joel Finnis,

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Drones tackle Okanagan blaze as cool weather helps bring B.C. wildfires under control

August 11, 2022 by Jason Contant

PENTICTON – Drones are helping map hot spots in a wildfire burning in British Columbia’s Okanagan region as cooler conditions helped firefighters elsewhere in the province bring blazes under control. Crews were making progress on several wildfires Wednesday, including a

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Essential Newfoundland highway to stay open as out of control wildfires grow

August 10, 2022 Sarah Smellie - THE CANADIAN PRESS

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Two out-of-control wildfires in central Newfoundland covered more than 200 square kilometres on Wednesday morning, and Environment Canada warned the flames could cover much of the island in smoke. Jeff Motty, the province’s forest fire duty

Smoke from a wildfire near a Penticton, B.C. suburb
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Hot, dry August to bring more wildfires to B.C., forecast says

August 4, 2022 The Canadian Press

VICTORIA – A hot, dry weather forecast for August and into September is expected to result in increased wildfire activity in British Columbia, especially in the southern regions.   Neal McLoughlin, the superintendent of predictive services at the BC Wildfire Service,

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Wildfire burning near ski resort forces evacuation of hundreds

August 3, 2022 by Jason Contant

A growing wildfire in British Columbia’s Okanagan area has forced the evacuation of more than 300 properties in the ski resort community. These properties, including the Apex Mountain Ski Resort in Penticton, were ordered evacuated as the fire showed “aggressive