Wildfires Force Evacuation of Northwest Territories Capital
The capital city of Canada’s Northwest Territories, Yellowknife, has been ordered to evacuate due to wildfires. The fires are burning out of control and have forced the evacuation of the community of N’dilo, as well.
About 20,000 people live in Yellowknife, and they all need to leave the city by noon on Friday. Those who can’t leave by car can register for an air evacuation.
The fires are being driven by hot, dry weather and strong winds. The Canadian government has mobilized the Canadian Armed Forces to help fight the fires, but the situation is still very serious.
The fires are also having an impact on air quality in the United States. The Minnesota Pollution Control has issued an air quality alert for Thursday and Friday due to smoke from the fires.
The fires are a reminder of the dangers of climate change. The Northwest Territories is one of the fastest-warming regions in the world, and the warmer temperatures are making wildfires more likely and more severe.
The government of Canada has pledged to invest $1 billion to help communities prepare for and respond to wildfires. However, some experts say that more needs to be done to address climate change and reduce the risk of wildfires.
The wildfires in the Northwest Territories are a major disaster, and they are a sign of things to come. As the climate continues to change, we can expect to see more and more wildfires like these.