– Fires in Canada and Oregon are pushing firefighters to the limit
The Forest Service warns of “fire tornadoes” and “fire clouds” caused by “simply all the worst possible conditions at once.” Another heat wave is looming in Canada.
Ongoing intense wildfires in the western United States and Canada are pushing firefighters to the limits. Although they had to fight several fires themselves, California authorities on Saturday promised to send reinforcements to the approximately 2,100 firefighters currently deployed in neighboring southern Oregon against the so-called illegal fire. In the Canadian eastern province of Ontario, firefighters were hoping to get reinforcements from Mexico.
The illegal fire is currently the largest fire in the USA. On Saturday, an area at least the size of New York City caught fire. Only seven percent of them have been contained, the authorities’ Inciweb website reported. It said on the website that due to the heat, drought and wind, the fire had expanded significantly. So at least 20 homes were destroyed.
Fire tornado warning
Authorities warned that several “clouds of flames”, which are now kilometers high in the air, could lead to lightning strikes and “fire tornadoes”. “We had record heat and it was all simply the worst possible conditions all at once,” US Forest Service spokeswoman Susan Florey told The Oregonian.
Meanwhile, California weather authorities have warned of several dry thunderstorms and dangerous lightning strikes. While evacuating several areas, the Department of Homeland Security assured all undocumented immigrants in the area not to be afraid to seek help. There are no controls in the areas where emergency and disaster assistance is provided.
In Canada, authorities are expecting extreme temperatures from Alberta to Ontario in the coming days. Bad air quality warnings were issued in four provinces. According to scientists, current heat waves are unimaginable without climate change.