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US experts and officials warn people across West America against setting off fireworks to celebrate July 4th weekend over fears of wildfires amid major heat wave .
In a post reportedly backed by more than 100 “fire experts,” the scientists warned in an article published by The Conversation that “with this combination of extreme drought, heat and dry vegetation, all it takes is one. spark to start a forest fire “.
“This is why more than 100 fire specialists, including us, as well as fire officials across the West, are urging people to avoid the fireworks this July 4 and to avoid other activities that could trigger a fire, ”they said.
Meanwhile, US Forest Service officials have warned people not to set off fireworks near national forest areas.
Hundreds of people are likely to have died following record temperatures in Canada and the northwestern United States, authorities say.
While more than 60 deaths in the US state of Oregon have been linked to heat, the Canadian province of British Columbia has seen a 195% increase in sudden deaths.
Lisa Lapointe, chief coroner for British Columbia, said there had been at least 486 “sudden and unexpected deaths” in the five days leading up to Wednesday.
It comes after Lytton, a village in the province, recorded the highest temperature on record in Canada earlier this week, with the mercury reaching 49.6 ° C. It was evacuated on Wednesday, after being engulfed in a fire of rapid forest.
Temperatures are especially high due to a phenomenon known as a “heat dome,” which traps hot air and does not allow other weather systems to move.
The risk of wildfires has increased as temperatures soar, as the governor of Oregon declared a state of emergency and many parts of Canada threatened.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau set a somber tone on Wednesday. “We have seen this type of extreme weather event more and more over the past few years. So realistically we know this heat wave won’t be the last.”
Over 100 “fire scientists” urge US to avoid fireworks on July 4 amid record heat
More than 100 fire experts have reportedly signed a letter urging residents of western states of the United States to avoid fireworks on July 4 over fears of increased wildfires amid record temperatures.
Sharing the news of the letter on The Conversation, four experts explained that “with this combination of extreme drought, heat and dry vegetation, all it takes is a spark to start a forest fire.”
“This is why more than 100 fire specialists, including us, as well as fire officials across the West, are urging people to skip the fireworks this July 4 and avoid other activities that could trigger a fire “, the experts, Philip Higuera, professor of fire ecology and paleoecology at the University of Montana, Alexander L Metcalf, associate professor of human dimensions of natural resources at the University of Montana, Dave McWethy, associate professor of Earth Sciences at Montana State University and Jennifer Balch, associate professor of geography and director, Earth Lab at the University of Colorado Boulder said.
“With dry meadows and parched forests this year, sparks from anything – a cigarette, a campfire, a power line, even a mower blade hitting a rock – could start a forest fire, with fatal consequences, “warn experts.
Chantal Da SilvaJuly 1, 2021 6:38 PM
Sen Feinstein Tells California Residents To “Avoid Home Fireworks This Weekend”
California Senator Dianne Feinstein urged residents to avoid setting off fireworks this weekend.
In a statement posted on Twitter, the Democratic senator wrote that “the drought in California has created dangerous conditions for wildfires this summer. And the risk will rise this weekend as millions celebrate the July 4th holiday. “
“I urge all Californians to leave the fireworks to the professionals this year,” she said.
“Ultimately, with the hot and dry conditions that California is currently experiencing, the use of fireworks has the potential to start destructive and deadly wildfires,” his statement continued.
In addition, the senator warned: “The use of illegal fireworks can result in fines of up to $ 50,000 and one year in prison.”
Chantal Da SilvaJuly 1, 2021 6:10 PM
Americans warned of July 4 fireworks near forest areas
While Canadians in Western Canada have been warned against setting off fireworks near forest areas amid forest fires on Canada Day, Americans are also being warned against doing the same for the next July 4th celebrations.
Officials in the U.S. Pacific Northwest have warned of setting off fireworks near forest areas, with U.S. Forest Service officials reminding people that fireworks are prohibited in national forests and in national grasslands.
“As we head into the #Holiday Weekend we would like to remind you that fireworks are not allowed in #KingCounty Parks,” Washington State’s King County Parks said in a statement. Twitter.
“They are banned regardless of the season, but we would like to stress the importance of this rule as our region is experiencing a dangerous heat wave,” the parks service said. “All it takes is a little spark to start a # forest fire.”
Chantal Da SilvaJuly 1, 2021 5:51 PM
Car drives through hell engulfing Canadian city after record-breaking heat wave
New footage shows a car driving through hell as a rapid wildfire swept through Lytton, B.C. on Wednesday.
In the video trees, buildings and vehicles can be seen on fire as the car moves through a smoky haze.
It comes after earlier this week Lytton recorded the highest temperature on record in Canada with 49.6 ° C.
Residents of a small town in Canada were forced to evacuate after a rapid forest fire engulfed the area on Wednesday. Footage shows a car driving through hell in Lytton, British Columbia, passing burning homes and stores. Earlier this week, the village recorded the highest temperature on record in Canada with 49.6 ° C and soon after it was engulfed in a fire. Mayor Jan Polderman suggested it only took a few minutes for the flames to spread through the city. ” It’s horrible. It took 15 minutes from the first sign of smoke to suddenly fire everywhere, ”he said.
Chantal Da SilvaJuly 1, 2021 5:12 PM
Canadians warned against setting off fireworks in Alberta’s forests on Canada Day
Alberta Wildfire, the agency responsible for forest fire management in the Alberta Forest Protection Zone, reminded Canadians not to start fireworks in Alberta’s forests to “help prevent forest fires ”.
The warning was issued on Canada Day, which typically sees people setting off fireworks across the country.
This year, many are choosing not to celebrate the holiday following the discovery of hundreds of children’s remains in unmarked graves in former Indigenous “schools”.
However, the Alberta Wildfire has urged anyone still considering setting off fireworks to avoid the province’s forests.
“Remember that setting off fireworks in the forest protection zone is prohibited during a fire restriction. Keep our forests green!Said Alberta Wildfire.
Chantal Da SilvaJuly 1, 2021 4:57 PM
Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer: “Be Cool During the Heatwave”
Canada’s chief public health officer has called on residents to “stay cool during the heatwave” by taking steps to stay safe and out of the heat.
“Stay hydrated … Check the elderly, children, pets, those who work outdoors and those who do not have air conditioning … Do not leave anyone in the car – Learn the signs of a heatstroke, ”Dr Theresa Tam said in a tweet, sharing a graphic on how to recognize signs of heat exhaustion.
Among the signs, the graph shows, are rash, headache, muscle cracks, dizziness, fainting, nausea, vomiting, profuse sweating, rapid breathing and heartbeat, thirst extreme and dark urine, as well as decreased urination.
Chantal Da SilvaJuly 1, 2021 4:45 PM
What is a “heated dome” and why does it happen?
With meteorologists attributing the heat wave that hit western Canada and the Pacific Northwest of the United States to a high pressure “heat dome” affecting the region, our Joe Sommerlad explains what the phenomenon really means and why it happens:
Chantal Da SilvaJuly 1, 2021 4:27 PM
Thermal dome map: see where the record high temperatures and wildfires are happening
The deadly heat wave in Canada’s Pacific Northwest and British Columbia is caused by what meteorologists have described as a high pressure “heat dome”.
The impact, however, has been compounded by human-caused climate change, experts say.
Here you can see the hardest hit areas:
Chantal Da SilvaJuly 1, 2021 4:17 PM
Heat wave kills hundreds as Trudeau, Biden warn ‘it won’t be the last’
The deadly heat wave sweeping through parts of the northwestern United States and Canada has already claimed hundreds of lives.
And US President Joe Biden and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have warned it will not be the last extreme weather event in the region.
Chantal Da SilvaJuly 1, 2021 4:10 PM
Heatwave between the United States and Canada: How to keep your home cool
Parts of the northwestern United States and Canada are currently experiencing a “once-in-a-millennium” heat wave, with record temperatures in both countries.
Here is Sarah Young with some tips on how to keep your home cool in high temperatures:
Rory sullivanJuly 1, 2021 4:01 PM