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Canada on track for its worst-ever wildfire season

By Jordi Bou

June 7, 2023 - Canada could see its worst-ever year of wildfire destruction, with warm conditions forecast to persist till the end of summer after an unprecedented start to the fire season.

According to estimates by the Canadian Wildland Fire Information System, more than 3.5 million hectares of land have burned as of June 7, almost on par with the entirety of the 2017 fire season.

Blazes are burning in nearly all Canadian provinces and territories, and federal government officials said their modelling shows increased wildfire risk in most of Canada through August.

Wildfires, the second most expensive disaster in Canada after flooding, have destroyed homes, impacted oil and gas production in Alberta, and polluted the air in both in Canada and the U.S.

PUBLISHED: 07/06/2023; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: .C. Wildfire Service