Canada's Fourth Largest Emergency Evacuation Underway As Wildfires Spread

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by Tyler Durden
Friday, Aug 18, 2023 - 06:45 PM

Residents in Yellowknife, the capital of Canada's Northwest Territories -- home to about 20,000, were forced to flee their homes as a wildfire is within ten miles of the city's northern edge. Another emergency order was posted for the 150,000 people that live in Kelowna, the largest city in British Columbia's Okanagan Valley.

BBC News reported Yellowknife's emergency evacuation is the fourth largest in Canada's history:

Some 20,000 people are currently making their way out of Yellowknife, fleeing a wildfire that is 16km (10 miles) away from city limits. Hundreds others have already made their way out earlier this week from towns in the South Slave region of the Northwest Territories.

Once the wildfire evacuation is complete, it could become the fourth largest in Canada's history, according to official public safety data.

The largest evacuation to date was in Fort McMurray, Alberta - a city that is now taking in some evacuees from the Northwest Territories - after its 90,000 residents were forced to flee from a wildfire in 2016.

In British Columbia, a state of emergency was declared in Kelowna, home to 150,000 people. Bloomberg said the area is "on alert for possible evacuation." 

BBC posted an active wildfire map showing fires that threaten Yellowknife and Kelowna. 

"It is by far the worst forest fire season in our history... it is an incredibly difficult year," Canada's federal minister for environment and climate change, Steven Guilbeault, said. 

Per the libertarian-conservative Canadian think tank, Fraser Institute, the wildfires across Canada this summer are not the result of 'climate change' but instead "bad forest policy": 

Canada is having a hell of a fire season, there's no disputing that. And it's producing hellish landscapes across Canada and North America. What it is not, however, is a call to more of the same old "climate action." But rather, a call for more sane real-world real-time management of fire risk in Canada's forests, a practise that Canadian governments have failed at for decades.

One can only hope that this fire season will light a fire under Canada's fire-foolish policymakers, and finally motivate them to take the rational course—fighting fire risk with fire use, rather than pointing to the climate sky gods and calling for appeasement measures that will not affect Canada's risk of forest fires.

Meanwhile, terrible fire management policies from Canada is causing Americans to choke on smoke (again). 

How do Americans hold Canada's fire-foolish policymakers accountable?