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Canadian military helping to relieve firefighters

3 Jun 2023 - 10:52

The federal government said that more than 300 firefighters from
 the United States and South Africa are heading to Canada in the coming days to help battle fires during this unprecedented wildfire season.

Afghan Voice Agency (AVA) - Monitoring:The armed forces would provide equipment and personnel to relieve firefighters “who have been working tirelessly around the clock to protect communities right across Nova Scotia”, said Emergency Preparedness Minister Bill Blair.

According to Blair, 211 wildfires are burning in seven of 10 provinces across Canada, while 82 of the blazes are out of control.

Nova Scotia is dealing with two massive fires that are causing trouble to the communities living on the outskirts of the provincial capital, Halifax.

Around 28,000 people, including 18,000 from Nova Scotia, have fled their homes in fear of rising temperatures caused by the blazes.

“These conditions this early in the season are unprecedented,” Blair told reporters. “Due to climate change, similar extreme weather events may continue to increase in both frequency and severity across our country.”

According to the officials, the western province of Alberta has 61 wildfires, with 16 of them being out of control, while the central province of Quebec has 13 active wildfires with two out of control, CBC News reported, citing Quebec's fire prevention agency.

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