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Fires have killed at least 35 and destroyed more than 5,000 homes and businesses.
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The Verdant Creek wildfire is estimated to have burned over 70 square kilometres of Kootenay National Park in Alberta and British Columbia. Take an aerial tour of the damage.
Fires and floods have always been here — but as the world warms, they're increasing in frequency, size and severity.
Officials are asking people to leave firefighting equipment alone.
New drone imagery released by the Thompson-Nicola Regional District shows the extent of damage suffered in the Boston Flats region due to severe wildfires sweeping across British Columbia.The drone footage, taken July 10, reveals severe destruction in the small British Colombia mobile home community of Boston Flats. CBC reported at least 30 homes were destroyed. The community had been evacuated and no injuries were reported.A higher quality version of this footage is available here. Credit: Thompson-Nicola Regional District via Storyful
The city is home to about 11,000 people.
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Canadians and relief groups are helping people forced from their homes by B.C.'s wildfires.
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"What could we do but stand there and watch? Crying isn't going to bring anything back."
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Many fires are considered out of control.
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Bold action to phase out HFCs could bring remarkable results. In Paris last year, leaders dared to set a goal of limiting global warming to below two degress Celsius. If we act in Kigali and phase out HFCs, scientists believe we could avoid 0.5 degrees Celsius of warming by the end of the century.
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In my research on Canadian and American emergency management agencies, I've found significant differences between official disaster strategies and how disaster responses actually unfold. For example, 'lessons learned' and theories of emergency management consistently call for formal coordination of all the organizations involved in disaster response.
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I still wasn't fully prepared for what I experienced during my visit last week. I'm a professional forester and I've seen my fair share of forest fires up close. Still, the vastness of this fire and extent of damage in an urban area was sad, sobering and more than a little eerie.
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While the Fort McMurray SPCA is working diligently to develop strategies for keeping pets with their families, regardless of their housing status, pet surrender rates are likely to go up and adoption rates will most certainly go down as the community struggles to get back on its feet.
Albertans and Canadians -- and even many outside our borders -- have shown a level of giving, selflessness and strength that is hard to imagine. But you have to see that generosity in action to believe it. It's all very, very inspiring.