Canada: Lightning sets forest fires after heat wave

Canada: Lightning sets forest fires after heat wave

Destructive forest fire caused by lightning


On the west coast of the country, a new record temperature of about 50 degrees was recently measured. Now a forest fire is raging there. Thousands of people were asked for protection.

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Several forest fires have been caused by lightning in western Canada in the past two days. In the coastal province of British Columbia alone, 130 sources of fire were initially attributed to lightning. Experts believe that the heat wave has increased the moisture level in the atmosphere. It forms the basis for thunderstorms: After days of record heat of nearly 50 degrees Celsius, flames engulfed the western Canadian city of Lytton this week. The wildfires spread through the community of 250 residents and spread rapidly in severe heat and drought. The roller of fire consumed every house. An MP from the region said 90 per cent of the village had been destroyed. According to a media report, a married couple, who were above 60 years of age, was murdered. Residents had already been asked for security on Wednesday. However, according to officials, some people are missing. The cause of the fire was initially unclear. On Wednesday, a new heat record was recorded in Lytton, Canada, with 49.6 degrees Celsius. Additional evacuation orders were issued amid several other whale fires in the area. More than 1000 people had to be evacuated in a hurry.

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