Canadian Military on Alert as Wildfires rage, USA News & Top Stories

More than 170 wildfires raged in West Canadian province of British Columbia on Saturday, while the region was facing a record heat wave.

At least 152 fires were active in the western province of British Columbia, including 89 in the previous two days, authorities said.

Most have been caused by heavy thunderstorms.

“We saw 12,000 lightning strikes, roughly, yesterday,”Cliff Chapman

“We saw 12.000 lightning strikes, roughly, yesterday,” the British Columbia Wildfire Service’s head of provincial operations, Cliff Chapman, told state broadcaster CBC.

While the heat burning in Canada is directly attributed to a high-pressure “heat dome” trapping warm air in the region, climate change has caused record-breaking temperatures to increase more often.

“The dry conditions and the extreme heat in British Columbia are unprecedented,”Bill Blair

“The dry conditions and the extreme heat in British Columbia are unprecedented,” Secretary of Defense of the Public Security Bill Blair said Friday.

Around 1.000 people have fled from the British Columbia bushfires, with many more missing.

The death toll in Oregon rose Thursday to at least 95, according to the state medical examiner’s office.

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation , branded as CBC/Radio-Canada, is a Canadian federal Crown corporation that serves as the national public broadcaster for both radio and television. (wikipedia)

CBC News

CBC News is the division of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation responsible for the news gathering and production of news programs on the corporation’s English-language operations, (wikipedia)


A wildfire, bushfire, wildland fire or rural fire is an unplanned, unwanted, uncontrolled fire in an area of combustible vegetation starting in rural areas and urban areas. (wikipedia)

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2017 British Columbia wildfires

On July 6, 2017, a two-hectare wildfire began west of 100 Mile House, British Columbia, Canada marking the beginning of the record breaking 2017 wildfire season in British Columbia. On July 7, (wikipedia)

Lytton, British Columbia

Lytton is a village in British Columbia, Canada, and sat at the confluence of the Thompson River and Fraser River on the east side of the Fraser. (wikipedia)

Bill Blair (politician)

William Sterling Blair is a Canadian politician, (wikipedia)

Justin Trudeau

Justin Pierre James Trudeau is a Canadian politician who is the 23rd and current prime minister of Canada since November 2015 and the leader of the Liberal Party since 2013. (wikipedia)

Abbotsford, British Columbia

Abbotsford is a city located in British Columbia, adjacent to the Canada–United States border, Greater Vancouver and the Fraser River. With an estimated population of 141, (wikipedia)