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Canada is currently experiencing its worst wildfire season in history, with over 5,700 fires burning across the country, according to the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre.[0] These fires have burned over 137,000 square kilometers (53,000 square miles) of land, causing widespread evacuations and choking smoke that has even reached parts of the United States. The Northwest Territories capital, Yellowknife, home to about 20,000 people, has been ordered to evacuate as crews battle 236 active wildfires.[1] A massive fire is creeping toward the city and a major highway, threatening to cut off access.[2] In response to the wildfires, Kelowna International Airport has shut down its airspace to commercial flights to prioritize aerial firefighters.[3] The airport is located in Kelowna, British Columbia, where a state of emergency has been declared and evacuations are underway.[4] The McDougall Creek wildfire in West Kelowna has spread to 6,800 hectares of land, forcing residents to flee their homes.[5] This wildfire season is a consequence of climate change, according to officials, as rising temperatures and other factors contribute to longer and more intense fire seasons.[6] The evacuation orders were issued after fires discovered on Tuesday jumped Lake Okanagan, sparking spot fires in Kelowna.[7] Residents and officials have described terrifying scenes of people leaping into the lake to escape the flames and historic Lake Okanagan Resort engulfed in fire.[8] This wildfire season has displaced approximately 22,000 people in Canada's Northwest Territories, highlighting the devastating impact of these fires.[4]

0. “Canadian wildfire in Kelowna JUMPS lake which emergency services hoped would stop it in its tracks, as map sho” Daily Mail, 18 Aug. 2023, https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-12420067/More-20-000-Canadians-ordered-leave-homes-control-wildfires-advance-city-properties-destroyed.html

1. “A look at wildfires and evacuations in N.W.T. and B.C.” northeastNOW, 18 Aug. 2023, https://northeastnow.com/2023/08/18/a-look-at-wildfires-and-evacuations-in-n-w-t-and-b-c/

2. “Thousands scramble to evacuate capital of Canada's Northwest Territories as more than 200 ‘unprecedented' wildfires …” CNN, 19 Aug. 2023, https://www.cnn.com/2023/08/18/americas/canada-northwest-territories-wildfire-evacuation-friday/index.html

3. “Delta among B.C. cities helping West Kelowna battle fires” Delta Optimist, 18 Aug. 2023, https://www.delta-optimist.com/highlights/out-of-town-firefighters-arrive-in-kelowna-as-mla-calls-for-more-resources-7427720

4. “Canada fires: Race to evacuate Yellowknife as wildfires rage” BBC, 18 Aug. 2023, https://www.bbc.com/news/live/world-us-canada-66542676

5. “Lake Okanagan Resort burns due to wildfire” Haida Gwaii Observer, 18 Aug. 2023, https://www.haidagwaiiobserver.com/news/lake-okanagan-resort-burns-due-to-wildfire/

6. “Canadian wildfires force over 50% of people in Northwest Territories to evacuate” Axios, 18 Aug. 2023, https://www.axios.com/2023/08/18/wildfires-canada-evacuation-northwest-territories

7. “Yellowknife residents leave by air, road as wildfire evacuations ramp up” Al Jazeera English, 18 Aug. 2023, https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2023/8/18/yellowknife-residents-leave-by-air-road-as-fire-evacuation-deadline-looms

8. “B.C. declares wildfire emergency amid desperate battle to save West Kelowna” Times Colonist, 19 Aug. 2023, https://www.timescolonist.com/local-news/bc-declares-wildfire-emergency-amid-desperate-battle-to-save-west-kelowna-7423448

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