California is troubled with historic drought and during the summer heat dome, it suffered temperatures as much as 25°F above average. News media in North America has been paying considerable attention to the state’s wildfires, particularly one known as Dixie that has consumed over 700,000 acres and is only 35% contained.
But there is a jurisdiction that has had even more land touched by fire than California.
Government reports indicate wildfires have burned almost 50% more land in British Columbia than in California.
2017 and 2018 saw over six million acres (2.6 million hectares) burned in British Columbia, the worst 24-month record of wildfire destruction ever recorded.
Maybe we should have been better prepared in 2021.
Certainly, given the determination of Canada’s federal government and three western provinces to accelerate climate change by producing more fossil fuels, we need to get ready for even worse fire seasons.
Just one thought. If Mother Nature has an evil sense of humour, might she arrange for the next fire that burns through a community to be in Jonathan Wilkinson’s North Vancouver riding?
Categories: Climate Change