Thousands of people have to leave their homes in Canada due to wildfires.

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A nearly 2,500-hectare fire is spreading 3.5 kilometers west of the homes.

Close to 3,500 people had to be relocated 400 km further south on Friday night.

Thousands of people had to be evacuated in western Canada, devastated by hundreds of wildfires this Sunday (12), as the fire season, which started early, proves challenging, according to authorities.

“The fires surround us on all sides, from the west to the northeast. And we are worried because there is no moisture in sight for this region,” Fort Nelson Mayor Rob Fraser told AFP, imploring the wall of a hundred remaining residents to leave the city threatened by uncontrollable flames.

A nearly 2,500-hectare fire is spreading 3.5 kilometers west of the homes. Around 3,500 people had to be relocated 400 km further south on Friday night.

Favorable weather conditions .

According to Fraser, more favorable weather conditions had helped to stop the spread of the flames during the night, but the return of the wind in the afternoon could make the situation worse.

“We are at drought level 5 (the highest), which makes it very difficult (…) to control these forest fires, but we will do everything possible to stop the uprising”, concluded the mayor.

In the neighboring province of Alberta, 43 fires are causing damage, including one located about 15 kilometers from Fort McMurray, which has forced residents to prepare for a possible evacuation.

This city in the northwest of the province, located in the heart of the forest, was already devastated by the fire in May 2016, when its 90,000 inhabitants were displaced and more than 2,500 buildings were destroyed, in the biggest disaster in Canadian history.

This weekend, evacuation orders were also issued in small towns in Alberta and Manitoba, while violent winds have spread smoke throughout the west of the country. According to the federal government, the air quality in these areas presents “very high” risks.

In 2023, Canada experienced the worst fire season in its history. The flames, which swept the country from east to west, burned more than 15 million hectares, killed eight firefighters and forced authorities to evacuate 230,000 people.

“The fires surround us on all sides, from the west to the northeast. And we are worried because there is no moisture in sight for this region,” the mayor of Fort Nelson told AFP. – (credit: Andrej Ivanov/AFP).

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