Record num­ber of wild­fires in na­tional parks last year

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - PROVINCE -

Wild­fires scorched a record amount of Canada’s na­tional parks last year - the lat­est in a num­ber of long, hot sum­mers that have al­most en­tirely de­pleted Parks Canada’s fire­fight­ing re­serve. “We had a very busy fire year,” said di­rec­tor of fire man­age­ment Jeff Weir. “We had more wild­fires than nor­mal and those fires burned larger ar­eas than nor­mal.” The agency’s an­nual fire re­port recorded 122 wild­fires in 2015 that burned through 4,600 square kilo­me­tres - seven times the area of the city of Toronto. The yearly av­er­age is 82, and, in 2014, the amount of park land burned in non-pre­scribed fires was 3,000 square kilo­me­tres. Most of the dam­age in 2015 oc­curred in a sin­gle park. Fire licked through 3,700 square kilo­me­tres of Wood Buf­falo on the bound­ary be­tween Al­berta and the Northwest Ter­ri­to­ries.

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