With drought and heat, Canada registers more than 170 fires


the armed forces of the Canada are on alert this Saturday, 3, to help evacuate cities and fight more than 170 fires caused by a suffocating heat wave and drought in the west of the country.

At least 177 fires have occurred in the province of British Columbia, of which 76 have been registered in the past two days, officials said. Most were caused by lightning.

“Yesterday [sexta-feira] we’ve seen about 12,000 lightning strikes,” said Cliff Chapman, director of operations for British Columbia’s fire service, according to public broadcaster CBC.

“Many of these lightning strikes have struck near communities, as seen in the Kamloops area,” 350 kilometers northeast of Vancouver, he added.