Smoke from wildfires in western Canada caused health alerts in several cities this Sunday, but also helped put out the fire By stopping the scorching sun in the most affected areas of the country. Wildfires in the province of Alberta have displaced thousands of people and burned more than 941,000 hectares in several weeks.
“Many Albertans will not be able to escape the smoke this weekend. It is thick in many parts of the province,” said Kristi Tucker of the Alberta Bushfire Agency. But you must also have noticed that the temperature cools They would have been more like this than if the smoke had not covered the sun.
The low heat, Tucker explained, “means we’ve seen less growth in fires.” Only five new outbreaks have been recorded since Friday.
On the other hand, they added firefighters they haven’t been able to fly So many times to get an accurate idea of the size and number of fires that have occurred in recent times.
weather maps showed smoke from the fire Covers over 2.7 million square kilometers and extends to the East Coast of North America and the Arctic.
The government’s Department of the Environment (Environment Canada) released Alert About poor air quality presenting a “very high risk” to health in the cities of Edmonton and Calgary, where the sky was orange and the air smelled of smoke. Residents were urged to limit outdoor activities.
Air quality alerts were also issued in several states in the neighboring United States as thick plumes of smoke drifted across the border from Alberta.
In recent years, western Canada has been affected Frequently From extreme weather conditions, the intensity and frequency of which has increased due to global warming.
The weekend day maximum temperature above 28 degrees is forecast to drop to around 10 degrees on Monday and remain low throughout the week. are also expected more rain After several storms hit Alberta this weekend.