Engaged against the progression of forest fires in Canada, a firefighter, whose identity has not been communicated, “died of an injury sustained in the district of Fort Liard on Saturday afternoon”, a-t -we learned this Sunday.
A second firefighter has died in Canada after being injured battling the country’s raging mega-wildfires, two days after they claimed the first victim, authorities said on Sunday.
“It is with profound sadness that we report the tragic death of a firefighter who died of an injury sustained while battling a wildfire in the Fort Liard District on Saturday afternoon,” said Jessica Davey-Quantick of Northwest Territories Relief.
This death occurred in the south of this region, near the province of British Columbia, where a young 19-year-old female firefighter lost her life on Thursday during a fall in an intervention.
“We must never forget the service and sacrifices of our first responders,” said Emergency Preparedness Minister Bill Blair.
10 million hectares burned
The Northwest Territories is facing a very severe drought this year and several temperature records have been broken in some places in recent days.
Currently, 89 fires are ongoing in this region, 12 of which are out of control. More than 809,000 hectares have already gone up in smoke in this area.
Faced with a record year in terms of fires and especially with very many megafires, Canada is forced to let the majority burn. In total, more than 10 million hectares have already burned this year, a total far greater than anything the country has ever known, and the equivalent of the area of Portugal.
It is mainly the boreal forest that goes up in smoke, far from inhabited areas, thus causing little material and human damage. But with serious consequences for the environment.
Source: BFM TV