Hundreds of wildfires burning in Canada's Northwest Territories have prompted emergency declarations and the evacuation of the capital city of Yellowknife by road and air. About 20,000 residents in Yellowknife are being urged to get out of the way of fast-moving flames as more than 230 fires char the territory and smoke creeps south, impacting air quality in the United States. Yellowknife accounts for about half of the total population of the remote territory, which sits north of Alberta and east of Yukon. One of the wildfires burning west of Yellowknife is approximately 165,000 hectares, more than 600 square miles, and inching closer to the community and main highway. Residents living along the Ingraham Trail, in Dettah, Kam Lake, Grace Lake and Engle Business District are currently at highest risk and should evacuate as soon as possible.
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Disaster Relief: Providing Shelter, food and water. Almost 25,000 people who live in the Canadian province of Alberta have been evacuated as wildfires rage across the region, which is seeing abnormally hot weather and high winds. The fires have burned 121,909 hectares, roughly more than 301,000 acres, and since Friday, at least 45 new wildfires have started, and 14 local states of emergency issued. Some residents in the community of Fox Lake, where the fires are severe, had to be evacuated by helicopters. In Drayton Valley, firefighters, helicopters and air tankers battled an out-of-control fire that torched over 3,700 acres. Portions of Big Lakes County – home to about 5,600 residents – were also ordered to evacuate, including residents east of the West Prairie River and Highway 749 and south of Township Road 724. It’s unclear how many people are affected by the evacuations.
Canada's wildfires have blown smoke across parts of the U.S. turning the sky orange. The effects of this catastrophe will be devasting. Will Canada set up a fund for the people effected. Natural disasters seem to be one of our biggest threats. Hurricanes, wildfires, floods. Insurance companies are pulling out of California due to wildfires. So, California may not be a good long-term investment. You could lose everything. And if insurance companies fail, and if the government don't step in, we only have each other.7uyujuyuy
We are working to assist those affected, but there is a dire need for shelter, food, and water due to the rising number of displaced families. Hurricane Fiona pulled buildings into the ocean, collapsed homes, toppled trees and knocked out power for hundreds of thousands of people. Nova Scotia, where Fiona first made landfall during the early morning hours Saturday, was hit hard by the storm. Powerful winds toppled "an incredible amount" of trees and power lines, washed out roads, littered neighborhoods with debris, and in many cases, snapped whole power poles in half. The devastating damage will take time to recover in Nova Scotia. People have seen their homes washed away, seen the winds rip schools' roofs off, leaving thousands of people needing your help. Several provinces were impacted by the heavy winds and rain. More than 370,000 customers were still without power early Sunday across Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick. In Prince Edward Island's Charlottetown, police shared images of downed power lines over buildings, fallen trees blocking roadways and piercing through structures. In Newfoundland, video showed buildings floating in water and submerged cars under heavy rains. A woman was rescued from the water after her house collapsed, the damage was breathtaking. In Port aux Basques, first responders were dealing with multiple electrical fires, residential flooding and washouts. Port aux Basques is now under a boil water order, and power was still out for many residents. Concrete barriers were also set up around areas that were rendered "danger zones" by the storm.
Disaster relief providing shelter, food, and water. Officials are determining if vehicles or people are unaccounted for has been made difficult by the number of mudslides in southwestern BC, the impact on infrastructure, and multiple communities under evacuation orders. There were three areas where vehicles were trapped between debris flows, including one on Highway 99 near Lillooet and two on Highway 7. Relentless rain continued to batter Canada's Pacific coast on Monday, with water covering roads like the Malahat Highway on Vancouver Island. At least nine people were taken to a hospital with minor injuries following the landslide near Agassiz. Officials ordered all 7,000 residents of the city of Merritt, British Columbia, to evacuate, because high flood waters have rendered the City's Wastewater Treatment Plant inoperable for an indefinite period. Continued habitation of the community without sanitary services presents risk of mass sewage back-up and personal health risk.
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