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  • Canada: B.C. declares state of emergency as wildfires grow, forcing more evacuations

    Source: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/briti...y-20-1.6109437

    B.C. declares state of emergency as wildfires grow, forcing more evacuations
    Hundreds under evacuation order after 'fast-moving' wildfire flares in B.C.'s Okanagan Valley
    CBC News · Posted: Jul 20, 2021 7:51 AM PT | Last Updated: 17 minutes ago

    A provincial state of emergency has been declared in B.C. as wildfires continue to grow, forcing hundreds from their homes and putting thousands more on evacuation alert.

    Public safety minister Mike Farnworth said the declaration will help deal with the mass evacuations quickly and allow the government to secure accommodation for those people if necessary.

    As of Tuesday afternoon, there were more than 2,860 properties properties on evacuation order province-wide. An additional 16,038 properties are under evacuation alert across the province.

    "We have reached a critical point," Farnworth said.

    More than 3,000 square kilometres of land have been burned by 1,145 wildfires in B.C. this season so far is three times the 10-year average for this time of year, which according to B.C. Wildfire Service director of operations Cliff Chapman.

    The state of emergency will stay in effect for 14 days but may be extended as needed...

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    https://www.accuweather.com/en/weath...es-away/984606
    Air quality in NYC, Philly plummets due to smoke from 2,500 miles away

    By Lauren Fox, AccuWeather staff writer
    Updated Jul. 20, 2021 10:11 PM EDT

    Satellite imagery shows smoke rising from multiple massive wildfires in the western U.S. and steadily crossing the country to the opposite coast.

    After a smoky sunset Monday evening, heavy smoke continued to hang over the Northeast on Tuesday, as a result of more than 100 wildfires burning in the western U.S. and more in Canada. Air quality advisories were in effect for much of Canada and had been issued for Pittsburgh,Philadelphia and New York City as the smoke descended from the upper levels of the atmosphere.

    The AQI reading in New York City Tuesday evening reached an unhealthy 137, the highest this year so far. At this elevated number, health effects can be immediately felt by sensitive groups. Healthy individuals may experience difficulty breathing and throat irritation with prolonged exposure, and should limit outdoor activity...
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