Wildfires leave trail of devastation amid record heatwave in Canada

Western Canada is on fire after a record heatwave – fuelled by lightning strikes and more than 130 wildfires.

The provincial bureau of medical examinations said extreme heat likely contributed to 719 sudden deaths last week – a figure that was “three times more” higher than average for the season.

Lytton was the highest temperature in Canada at 49.6C on Tuesday, but it was destroyed by the fire

The British Columbia Wildfire Service said it was preparing for additional wildfires over the weekend.

Public safety minister Bill Blair said the weather and blazes had a “devastating” and “unprecedented” impact on British Columbia.

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)

Harjit Sajjan

Harjit Singh Sajjan is a Canadian politician who has served as the minister of national defence since 2015. Before his entry into politics, (wikipedia)

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)

2018 British Columbia wildfires

By the end of June, 2018, there had been more than 560 wildfires in British Columbia.The Comstock Lake fire was discovered on June 21, and was caused by lightning. By July 6, it had grown to 27. (wikipedia)

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