more than 230 fire Canada’s Northwest Territories is burning, more than 8,000 miles of forest are scorching, and hundreds of thousands of Indigenous and First Nations people are being displaced. Population of North West Territories is about 50 percent indigenous.
“It’s all really awful,” said Morgan Tseta, a member of the Yellowknives Dene First Nation. tiktok videos It was released on Tuesday. Tseta lives in the region’s capital, Yellowknife, which she said is at risk of evacuation and residents are packing up to flee.
With the fire blocking the only road out of Yellowknife, Tseta said alternate routes could take hours.
“There is little relief for the 20,000 residents of the capital of the northwestern region as three wildfires have engulfed us and there is no possible way for us to get out,” he said in the video.
Amid the chaos, First Nations residents in the Northwest Territories are checking in online via facebook and sharing support sources.
This season, wildfires have spread faster than ever across Canada with more than 1,000 fires burning since the beginning of the year. On June 25, the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Center announced that the 2023 wildfire season has burned the largest area in Canada’s recorded history: approx. 52,000 miles, Canadian fires in June sent massive clouds of smoke over the East Coast of the United States, Endangering the health of millions of the residents. Air quality deteriorated in some areas high up to 486near the top of the Environmental Protection Agency’s 500-point air quality scale, meaning the air was dangerous to breathe.
Fires started over the weekend in the northwestern regions lightning strikes And strong winds pushed the flames across the region. On Monday, local officials issued warnings, advising residents of several towns and settlements to evacuate as wildfires spread near communities, some of which reached the blaze. level 3 threatWhich is the highest on the scale of meaning of imminent danger.
As of Monday evening, the largest rescue operation in the history of the Northwest Territories was underway as trapped residents were airlifted to safety by the Canadian Armed Forces. As of Tuesday morning, more than 200 people had been evacuated and the numbers are still rising. At the time of publication, two deaths have been reported.
On Tuesday, the Northwest Territories declared a state of emergency and asked the Canadian government and military for assistance. members of the Canadian Armed Forces, consisting of 124 soldiers Firefighters have been dispatched to the northwestern regions, and an additional 100 troops have been drafted in to help with firefighting logistics, such as extinguishing hot spots and clearing areas. According to the AP, hundreds of civilians are waiting to be airlifted to safety.
“The decision to declare a territory-wide state of emergency allows the Northwest Territories government and our partners to access and deploy resources,” said Shane Thompson, Northwest Territories Minister for Municipal and Community Affairs. Information Sent yesterday. “We find ourselves in a state of crisis and our government is using every tool available to assist.”
Report of the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS), which provides quality-controlled information related to air pollution and health, solar energy, greenhouse gases and climate, showed a total of 290 megatonnes of carbon emissions from wildfires across Canada from January 1 to July 31, 2023, which represents more than 25 percent. Global total for the year so far.