Canada: Firefighters battle 170 wildfires amid heat wave
Islam News – Over 170 wildfires were raging in the western Canadian province of British Columbia (BC) on Saturday, as the region experiences a record heat wave.
The Canadian military was put on standby to help fight the blazes and evacuate citizens from affected towns.
“We saw 12,000 lightning strikes, roughly, yesterday,” British Columbia Wildfire Service official Cliff Chapman told the public CBC news outlet on Saturday.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has vowed to work with the government of British Columbia to respond to the threat.
The small British Columbian town of Lytton was almost completely destroyed by the blazes. The town recorded a record high temperature of 49.6 degrees Celsius (121.28 degrees F) earlier this week.