International Desk: The wildfires in Canada's Nova Scotia province are getting worse and worse. Many residents of the province have been forced to evacuate due to the fires. Although all means including water, air power are used to control the fire, it is not coming under control. Not only that, it has been warned that the situation will worsen in the next few days.
British media The Guardian reported this information in a report on Wednesday (May 31). As of Wednesday, 13 wildfires have burned 20,000 hectares in Nova Scotia. 3 of the 13 wildfires are already out of control. 18,000 residents of Halifax, the province's largest city, have been ordered to evacuate. More than 200 structures have been burnt by the fire. Most of which are houses. However, no one has been reported killed so far. The hot, dry and windy weather caused the wildfire to spread to 837 hectares near the community of Tantalone.
Temperatures are expected to reach 30 degrees Celsius this week. This means that exhausted firefighters are not easily released. Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency Department Deputy Chief Dave Maldrum said firefighters have spent the last four days trying to put out almost everything. But now it has gone out of control. Wildfires occur every year in Nova Scotia. However, they are usually extinguished by burning several hundred acres of land.
But the record-breaking Barrington Lake fire has burned 20,000 acres and is still burning. The previous largest wildfire in Nova Scotia was in 1976. That year, 13,000 hectares of land was burnt by a terrible fire. Nova Scotia's director of natural resources says the province's firefighting capabilities are not enough to contain the blaze. In a press conference, this official said that instead of saving the infrastructure, they are giving priority to saving people's lives.