Thousands from B.C., AB, Quebec return home, but many displaced due wildfires, officials say

BC Wildfires. Image credit: Unsplash Christopher Burns

CMEDIA: Following the lifting of wildfire evacuation orders on Thursday, thousands of people in parts of Alberta and British Columbia are reportedly returning home but the wildfires have left many people displaced, officials said.

Bill Blair, Federal Emergency Preparedness Minister reportedly said that rain and cooler weather have helped improve the fire situation significantly in the Maritimes and parts of Quebec and that many people in Alberta, B.C. and Quebec have been able to return home, but thousands remain displaced due to fires across the country.

“The hot, dry and windy conditions in parts of Western Canada and in Ontario are exacerbating an already dangerous set of circumstances, and we know the peak of the wildfire season may still be several weeks away,” he reportedly said Thursday.

As of Thursday afternoon, the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre was reporting 446 active fires, 127 fires in Quebec, 83 in Alberta, 70 in British Columbia and 56 in Ontario, of which 217 are out of control. 

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