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Wildfires Force Over 4000 to Evacuate on Spain’s Canary Islands

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Thousands of residents have evacuated their homes on Spain’s Canary Island’s Tenerife as wildfires have been declared “out of control” by officials rage on for a fourth consecutive day. On Saturday, the Canary Islands regional administration ordered 4,000 more people to evacuate.

These were in addition to the 4,500 people who were forced to flee on Friday on the Atlantic island, which has a population of approximately a million people and is also a popular tourist destination. More than 8,000 evacuees are projected to increase, possibly dramatically.

The Canary Islands, like most of mainland Spain, have been suffering from drought for the most of the last few years. Because of changing weather patterns influenced by climate change, the islands have had below-average rainfall in recent years.

Officials from the European Union have blamed climate change for the increasing frequency and intensity of wildfires in Europe, noting that 2022 was the second-worst year for wildfire damage on record, following 2017.

On Saturday, Greek authorities evacuated eight towns along the country’s northeastern border with Turkey, where a big summer wildfire was raging uncontrollably, driven up by heavy winds.

The fire on Tenerife occurs as Spain’s mainland prepares for another heat wave. Spain’s state weather office warned Saturday that temperatures would soar in the following days, reaching 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) in some sections of the country.

Spain had a record-breaking year in 2022 and is breaking new marks this year despite a severe drought that has authorities on high alert for wildfires.

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According to the Associated Press, preliminary estimations based on the island’s census, the number of evacuees “could surpass 26,000” in the Canary Islands, according to emergency services. The agency went on to say that anyone in need of a place to stay will be sent to a shelter.

The regional authority stated that “the fire is beyond our capacity to extinguish it” due to hot and dry conditions and heavy winds that fanned the massive flames. Firefighters have been unable to form a perimeter around the fire, which has devoured at least 5,000 hectares (12,355 acres).

“We have never seen a fire of this magnitude on the Canary Islands,” said Rosa Dávila, the island’s governor.

There have been no reports of injuries since the fire broke out late Tuesday.

265 firemen battled the incident with the assistance of 19 aircraft, including mainland units dispatched to assist. More troops are on their way, according to the federal administration.

The fire is in a steep and mountainous mountain terrain with pine trees, with multiple municipalities on its flanks. Firefighters have exceedingly difficult access.

The archipelago’s regional commander, Fernando Clavijo, stated that police are investigating the cause of the incident.

The archipelago of seven islands is located off the northwest coast of Africa and southwest of mainland Spain. The islands are 100 kilometres (60 miles) from Morocco at their closest point.

Last month, a wildfire on the neighbouring La Palma island displaced about 2,000 people and burned 4,500 hectares (11,000 acres).

According to the European Forest Fire Information System, Spain has been the most impacted EU country by wildfires this year, with 75,000 hectares (185,000 acres) destroyed, ahead of Italy and Greece.

According to the EU office, Spain accounted for over 40% of the nearly 800,00 hectares (2 million acres) burned in the European Union in 2022.

British Columbia Canada Declares State of Emergency as Wildfires Burn Out of Control

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The Canadian province of British Columbia has issued a provincial state of emergency as wildfires threaten thousands of houses in the southern Interior and elsewhere. Premier David Eby declared a state of emergency at a press conference, saying the wildfire situation in British Columbia has “evolved and deteriorated” swiftly.

According to Emergency Management Minister Bowinn Ma, the number of individuals under evacuation orders in British Columbia increased from 4,500 to 15,000 in less than an hour. Another 20,000 people are on evacuation notice.

Declaring a state of emergency, according to Eby, “enables a number of legal tools for us to issue specific orders and ensure that resources are available.”

The provincial government said in a statement that declaring a state of emergency allows the province to issue emergency orders, which could include travel restrictions if people do not follow advice to avoid non-essential travel to the central Interior and southeastern British Columbia.

Limiting traffic, according to Ma, can assist keep highways clear for first responders while also freeing up lodgings for evacuees, emergency personnel, and health-care employees.

Ma stated that the decision to declare a state of emergency was based on the opinion of emergency management officials and B.C. Wildfire Service specialists.

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She stated that the Wildfire Act allows her to provide resources to fight fires on the front lines. A state of emergency permits the province to demand cooperation in the firefight from “unwilling partners,” despite the fact that cooperation has been great thus far.

The escalation in British Columbia comes as the northern Canadian city of Yellowknife evacuated the majority of its 20,000 residents due to a massive impending fire.

Due to the prospect of the advancing fire shutting off land exits and perhaps causing severe harm, people fled their homes and property on Thursday and Friday to seek sanctuary in surrounding provinces.

Residents and tourists fled on highways surrounded by fire and smoke, while local and federal authorities airlifted others out. The enormous fire threatening Yellowknife, the capital city of the Northwest Territories, made little progress on Friday as firefighters held it back.

However, strong winds might still carry the fire towards the city, and it could reach the outskirts this weekend, according to the territory’s fire department.

People who were evacuated from Yellowknife due to an imminent wildfire are monitoring what happens with the on



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