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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

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Regulator orders risk reduction measures for B.C. railways following Lytton fire

July 13, 2021 by Jason Contant

Following record heat and a wildfire that burned down about 90% of the village of Lytton, B.C., Canada’s transportation regulator has ordered fire monitoring, suppression, and risk reduction measures for railways to protect against wildfire “in the context of extreme

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First Nations seek emergency declaration from province over northern Ontario wildfires

July 13, 2021 The Canadian Press

THUNDER BAY, Ont. – An organization representing 49 First Nations in northern Ontario is urging the province to declare a state of emergency over wildfires that it says are threatening several remote communities. The Nishnawbe Aski Nation says the declaration

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B.C. premier says he will lobby PM to enlist military for wildfire prevention duty

July 9, 2021 Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press

COQUITLAM, B.C. — British Columbia Premier John Horgan says he will lobby Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to deploy Canada’s military to help clear fire danger zones to prevent future wildfires. Trudeau and Horgan met Thursday with local government and First

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Lightning sparks new fires as thunderstorms add to danger in B.C.’s Interior

July 6, 2021 The Canadian Press

LYTTON, B.C. — The BC Wildfire Service says 212 wildfires are burning in British Columbia as lightning storms swept over several areas of the province. The wildfire service website shows more than three dozen small fires have been sparked across

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Evacuation alerts issued for areas near two out-of-control wildfires in B.C. Interior

June 30, 2021 The Canadian Press

The B.C. Wildfire Service is dealing with two out-of-control blazes in the Interior that have prompted evacuation alerts. The McKay Creek fire was discovered Tuesday burning about 23 kilometres north of Lillooet, and has grown to approximately 50 square kilometres

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Exploding device at gender reveal party leads to wildfire in northern Alberta

June 10, 2021 The Canadian Press

FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. – A $600 fine has been issued after a gender reveal party led to a wildfire in Alberta. Travis Fairweather, a wildfire information officer, says the party was taking place about 10 kilometres west of Fort McMurray

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Wildfire service outlook points to rising fire risk for southern B.C.

June 8, 2021 The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER – Rainfall in the next three weeks is crucial if British Columbia hopes to avoid a devastating wildfire season, but the latest outlook from the BC Wildfire Service offers little optimism. The service says rainfall and temperatures were near

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B.C. deploys crews to Manitoba to assist with several aggressive wildfires

May 27, 2021 The Canadian Press

VICTORIA – A crew of firefighters is heading to Manitoba to help with wildfires in that province. B.C.’s Forests Minister Katrine Conroy says 41 firefighters and two support staff were deployed on Wednesday. A statement from Conroy’s office says the

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Saskatchewan wildfire grows, forcing evacuations to expand

May 18, 2021 The Canadian Press

PRINCE ALBERT, Sask. – Dry conditions and strong winds caused a large wildfire to grow Tuesday near Saskatchewan’s third-largest city even as firefighters fought the flames. “The fire continues to rage,” said Prince Albert Mayor Greg Dionne. The city of

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Why wildfire is moving into ‘peak peril’ range

May 14, 2021 by Jason Contant

Wildfire is now moving into the range of a “peak peril” type of risk, similar to earthquakes and hurricanes, Risk Management Solutions, Inc. (RMS) told Canadian Underwriter recently. Overall, in both Canada and the United States, wildfire risks are starting