Thousands evacuate due to Canada wildfires

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Thousands evacuate due to Canada wildfires

Wildfires in the Atlantic Canadian province of Nova Scotia have destroyed homes and caused thousands of people to evacuate.

As of Monday, around 16,400 people have been forced to leave their homes near Halifax, Nova Scotia’s largest city.

The region has seen over 100 more wildfires than last year, fuelled by drier than normal conditions.

Evacuation orders have also been issued in British Columbia as fires continue to blaze in the country’s west.

In a tweet on Monday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called the fires in Nova Scotia “incredibly serious” and said his government is on standby to offer assistance if needed.

A total of six wildfires were burning in Nova Scotia as of Monday afternoon – one of which is estimated to cover 788 hectares northwest of Halifax, according to the Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources.

Halifax fire deputy chief Dave Meldrum told reporters that the fast-moving fire is “ongoing and still not under control”.

The blaze led officials to declare a local state of emergency in Halifax late on Sunday.

No injuries have been reported, but at least 10 structures have been destroyed by the fire, Mr Meldrum said.

A lack of rain in the forecast means it could take the rest of the week to fight the fire, he said.