Wildfire season in Canada has begun, after drought-fueled record blazes in 2023

An intense wildfire could hit a town in western Canada on May 13, based on forecasts of strong winds that have been fueling the out-of-control blaze, which has already forced the evacuation of thousands, fire experts and officials warned.

The British Columbia Wildfire Service said the blaze is currently burning just 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) northwest of Fort Nelson, which has already seen about 3,500 people evacuated from there after an order to leave was issued on May 10.

In a video posted on social media late May 12, fire behavior specialist Ben Boghean with the the British Columbia Wildfire Service said the extreme fire behavior – made worse by years of drought and a below-normal snowpack this past winter – could end up threatening the crews that have been fighting the nearby Parker Lake wildfire.

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