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Sun Aug 20, 2023, 07:24 AM Aug 2023

Canada wildfires: thousands told to flee in British Columbia, as drone-flying tourists criticised [View all]

Source: The Guardian

Officials in the Canadian province of British Columbia have implored tens of thousands of residents to heed warnings and evacuate from areas threatened by “severe and fast-changing” wildfires, and urged “irresponsible” wildfire tourists to stop flying drones in the area.


The situation in large parts of the scenic Okanagan Valley, including the city of Kelowna, was “highly dynamic”, Ma said. About 30,000 people were under evacuation orders while another 36,000 were under alert to be ready to flee, she said.


Kelowna, a city of 150,000, was choked with thick smoke as it became the latest population center hit in a summer of dramatic wildfires across Canada that has left millions of acres scorched. Some 3,400 workers are involved in firefighting in British Columbia, western Canada.

“The current situation is grim,” the premier, David Eby, told reporters on Saturday.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2023/aug/20/canada-wildfires-thousands-told-to-flee-in-british-columbia-as-drone-flying-tourists-criticised

Now where do all the citizens of Earth evacuate to? This is really grim. Fuck all those assholes who made
fun of Jimmy Carter and his solar panels or Al Gore's warnings about climate change.

The fires are in Washington State too.


Kelowna, B.C. .... there are homes in that fire.
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This is the new normal. It's so very sad. Here on Vashon Island Goddessartist Aug 2023 #1
Columbus, OH has had about 20 "smoke days" via the fires in Canada this summer Botany Aug 2023 #3
I will. Take care of yourself. Goddessartist Aug 2023 #16
I hope they get some of this rain from the hurricane... 2naSalit Aug 2023 #2
"I hope they get some of this rain from the hurricane..." Botany Aug 2023 #6
We're getting a good amount of rain 2naSalit Aug 2023 #8
i dont understand flying a drone near a wildfire moonshinegnomie Aug 2023 #4
Eversince the rains have stopped Farmer-Rick Aug 2023 #5
"Could I be smelling the Canadian wildfires?" Botany Aug 2023 #7
I remember years ago, reading about prairie fires. I guess it would be the same scene but with 3Hotdogs Aug 2023 #9
I used to live near the meadows (that's what we called it back in the 60s) in a town called Leonia Nittersing Aug 2023 #15
20 minutes of video from a Canadian news broadcast last night, highplainsdem Aug 2023 #10
They're here, too. Louisiana. One Parish over from me. Under tentative control now. Solly Mack Aug 2023 #11
My sister lives within a mile or two of this shot. Still waiting on evac orders. flying_wahini Aug 2023 #12
I hope the rain from Hurricane Hillary "gets up there." Botany Aug 2023 #13
I've seen a lot of photos and video of the beautiful area around Kelowna highplainsdem Aug 2023 #14
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