Canada is a North American country. Thousands of homes have been ordered to evacuate due to wildfires in the eastern Canadian city of Halifax. Residents will not be allowed to return to their homes until municipal authorities give permission, officials said. Earlier this month, the Canadian province of Alberta declared a state of emergency due to wildfires.
Reuters reported this information in a report today.
Halifax Mayor Mike Savage said about 18,000 people were affected by the evacuation order. The order, which was issued on Sunday local time, also covers the Hammonds Plains, Upper Tantalon and Powock areas, Reuters said. These suburbs are mostly populated by people who work in the city and are located about 15 miles from the city of Halifax. Residents of the surrounding forested area spent the night in discomfort.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday called the wildfire situation in the province of Nova Scotia – where Halifax is located – ‘incredibly serious’. He said his government is ready to provide any assistance needed. Meanwhile, about 400 homes were evacuated in New Brunswick province over the weekend due to wildfires, officials said. Brad Henderson, mayor of St. Andrews, New Brunswick, said Monday that the blaze is still under control, although the situation is improving.
Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency Deputy Chief Dave Meldrum told reporters Monday morning that the fire was burning in the Tantalon and Hammonds Plain areas. The cause of the fire is still under investigation and no deaths or injuries have been reported so far. Meldrum also said about 100 firefighters battled the blaze overnight. At the same time, he also said that the emergency workers will have to do a lot of work for ‘many days’.
Reuters reports that the city declared a local state of emergency on Sunday night and authorities closed several schools as the fire forced evacuations and power outages. The declared state of emergency will remain in effect for the next seven days unless it is lifted or extended, the municipality said. The Canadian province of Alberta declared a state of emergency earlier this month due to the spread of wildfires. At the same time, the province also requested military assistance from the central government to fight the fires.