'Unprecedented' start to wildfire season destroyed almost 3 million hectares of forest: Blair

Smoke rises from the Bald Mountain Fire in the Grande Prairie Forest Area near Grande Prairie, Alta., on May 12, 2023. (Alberta Wildfire/Handout via Reuters)

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An "unprecedented" start to the wildfire season in Canada has led to serious wildfires spreading destruction and forcing evacuations across seven provinces and one territory, Emergency Preparedness Minister Bill Blair said Thursday.

Blair told reporters that over the month of May, roughly 2.7 million hectares of forest — an area equal to about five million football fields — went up in flames in B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and the Northwest Territories.


Source: CBC News


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