New Delhi: A fire has broken out in the vast forests of Alberta, Canada. The fire is so fierce that 30 thousand people living in the surrounding areas of the forest have been forced to leave their homes and migrate to other places. It is said that fire has broken out at 108 different places in the forest, out of which 31 places are out of control.
Kristy Tucker, information officer of the Alberta Wild Fire Unit, said that helicopters and air tankers are being used to extinguish the fire. People rescued from this area have been shifted to a safe place.
According to Christie, it will be difficult to provide information on property damage due to smoke and fire at this time. He said that now our aim is to save people’s lives.
The threat of forest fires can be gauged from the fact that despite the rain, it has not had any effect. Erin Staunton, who works with the environment, said that this will have little effect on the fire. At the same time, a state of emergency has been imposed across the state of Alberta to combat the fires. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau himself is monitoring this matter.
Alberta Premier Daniel Smith said the fire has burned more than 300,000 acres so far. The worst affected area is said to be Drayton Valley. Where the fire is spreading rapidly due to the wind blowing at a speed of 140 kilometers per hour.
Know how a forest fire feels?
Most of the forest fires occur in the summer season. In this season, even a tiny spark is enough to set the entire forest on fire. These sparks are often caused by the rubbing of tree branches or the strong rays of the sun.
In summer, tree branches and twigs dry out, which easily catch fire. Once a fire starts, it is spread by the wind. Apart from this, forest fires can also occur due to natural lightning, volcanoes and coal burning. Rising temperatures are currently being cited as the main cause of fires in Canada. Forest fires in the world burn an area of 4 million square kilometers every year.