High Wildfire Risk Across Western Canada This Summer: Natural Resources Canada

Police watch a convoy of cars and trucks pass a wildfire as they are evacuated from Fort McMurray, Alberta, on  May 7, 2016. Federal scientists are predicting the 2020 summer wildfire season could be well above average for much of Canada, especially Western provinces.   (Jonathan Hayward /The Canadian Press via AP)

Police watch a convoy of cars and trucks pass a wildfire as they are evacuated from Fort McMurray, Alberta, on May 7, 2016. Federal scientists are predicting the 2020 summer wildfire season could be well above average for much of Canada, especially Western provinces.
(Jonathan Hayward /The Canadian Press via AP)

This summers wildfire season could be “well above average” for much of Canada, especially Western provinces, according to federal scientists.

Natural Resources Canada released projections Tuesday showing an elevated fire risk starting in June that stretches from B.C. and across most of the prairies, to Northern Ontario and the territories.

Parts of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and B.C. could see an elevated threat of wildfires that stretches into September.

Though the risk gradually falls over the course of the summer, it remains above the 30-year average.

Wildfire scientist Richard Carr at Natural Resources Canada says the prediction is based on climate models that suggest a warmer and drier summer is coming.

He says the prediction doesnt consider the impact of COVID-19, which may lower the risk by reducing the number of people in the woods.

He notes an increased hazaRead More – Source