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Canadian province calls a state of emergency because of forest fires

Canadian province calls a state of emergency because of forest fires

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On the Canadian west coast to rage about 180 forest fires. Residents have been evacuated and homes have been destroyed. The province of British Columbia has the state of emergency is declared, report Canadian media Saturday.

Surely seven thousand people had to leave their homes. A regional airport and a hospital in the most affected area northeast of Vancouver have been evacuated.

The cause of most fires is lightning strike, but some are also infected, according to the authorities. Hundreds of brandweermensen have been deployed to the fires to fight.

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‘Number of forest fires in Canada and Alaska by lightning increases’

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