50-Year Drought Sets Off 100+ Wildfires in Canada’s North
More than 100 wildfires are burning across Canada’s Northwest Territories, the result of warmer-than-usual temperatures and the driest conditions in 50 years. Last week, there were news reports that the highway into the NWT capital, Yellowknife, might melt, and that nearby communication lines could also be damaged. “What we are seeing in the Northwest Territories this year is an indicator of what to expect with climate change,” Prof. Mike Flannigan of the University of Alberta’s renewable resources department told CBC. “Expect more fires, larger fires, more intense fires.” One resident described “tornadoes of fire” near his father’s cabin, about 80 kilometres east of Yellowknife.