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Heatwave Triggers More Wildfires in Canada

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Ottawa, 4 Jul (ONA) --- The Canadian military is on standby to help evacuate residents in British Columbia where wildfires linked to a record-breaking heatwave threaten to engulf communities.

 

Emergency services say they are now trying to control more than 170 fires, many triggered by lightning strikes.
 

Many western areas are tinder-dry followed the unprecedented hot weather.

Meanwhile, at least two people are reported to have died in the village of Lytton that was destroyed by fire.
 

Lytton recorded Canada's highest-ever temperature of 49.6C (121.3F) last Tuesday.

 

About 350 military personnel, as well as aircraft are being readied to help threatened communities, Canadian defence Minister Harjit Sajjan told reporters.


Large swathes of North America have seen a high-pressure "heat dome" in recent days, causing abnormally high temperatures. The heatwave has also affected Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, the Northwest Territories and northern Ontario.

 

Although linking any single event to global warming is complicated, experts say climate change is expected to increase the frequency of extreme weather events, such as heatwaves, the BBC news reported.

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