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7:29 am, May 8th, 2016 - 31 comments
Categories: climate change, disaster, global warming, International - Tags: canada, climate change, global warming, the future is now, wildfires
The political landscape is pretty lively at the moment, but back in the real world Alberta is burning. At time of writing (Saturday night) the wildfire is still getting worse:
‘Terrifying’ Canada Wildfire May Double In Size
A “terrifying” Canadian wildfire is predicted to double in size today as thousands more residents are evacuated from a burned-out city.
The warning came from officials who have been desperately organising evacuation convoys away from fire-ravaged Fort McMurray.
People are being rushed away from their destroyed and threatened homes, through scorched landscapes and down roads flanked by soaring flames. Military and police are running the latest procession of hundreds of vehicles – and a mass airlift of evacuees is also resuming.
Yesterday, some 8,000 people were flown out and today authorities say another 9,500 are expected to be evacuated.
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More than 80,000 people have already left Fort McMurray, which lies in the heart of Canada’s oil sands. The fire has destroyed 1,600 homes and other buildings and forced as much as a quarter of Canada’s oil output offline, hitting worldwide oil prices. The region has the third-largest reserves of oil in the world behind Saudi Arabia and Venezuela.
Alberta’s provincial government, which declared a state of emergency, said the size of the blaze had grown to 1,000 square kilometers (386 square miles).
Mr Morrison said no amount of resources would put this fire out, and what was needed was rain. “We have not seen rain in this area for the last two months of significance,” Mr Morrison said. “This fire will continue to burn for a very long time until we see some significant rain.”
Fortunately no one has been killed or injured so far, but many hundreds of people will have lost everything. Unfortunately we need to prepare for more of this:
The fire in Canada looks a lot like climate change — and that should scare you
The fire, which has burned at least 325 square miles, forcing the evacuation of some 88,000 people, is so hot and so intense that’s it’s formed its own weather. The thundercloud produced by the blaze actually is creating its own lightning, and consequently spreading the fire’s rage, setting more trees alight.
True, there have been fires in Canada’s boreal forest for ages. But scientists and researchers say this fire looks a whole lot like climate change. And that should be alarming for all of us.
“This is an example of what we expect — and consistent with what we expect for climate change,” said Mike Flannigan, a professor of wildland fire at the University of Alberta who’s been studying climate change and wildfire for decades. “This fire is unprecedented,” he said, referring to its local impact.
It’s impossible for scientists to say global warming caused this specific fire, of course, but polluting the atmosphere is creating conditions that make such disasters more likely, bigger and costlier.
“In Canada, our area burned (by wildfire) has more than doubled since the early 70s,” Flannigan said. “And we’ve published work that states that this is because of human-caused climate change.
“We also find — and other researchers in the United States find — that as the temperature increases we see more fire.” …
Raw video of a burned out suburb:
lprent: Sabine comments at 0857:
I think the no-one has died yet needs to be revised. The daughter of a deputy fire chief and a friend of hers died while evacuating.
budget cuts to first responders, and rest assured non[e] of the politicians is a voluntary fire fighter.