Third Firefighter Dies in Canada’s Worst Wildfire Season

A third firefighter has tragically lost their life while battling the Donnie Creek fire near Fort St. John in British Columbia, Canada, which is experiencing its worst wildfire season on record. A third of all fires currently raging in the country are in British Columbia, with over 30 million acres of land burned so far this season, exceeding the land area of South Korea or Cuba.

Residents in the town of Osoyoos, near the US border, were forced to evacuate as the fires continued to spread out of control. The situation has become dire, with over 600 of the 990 active fires considered out of control.

This wildfire season has taken a heavy toll on firefighters and responders. Two other firefighters lost their lives earlier this month, and a pilot also died in a helicopter crash while assisting with firefighting efforts in the neighboring province of Alberta.

Canada’s Premier David Eby expressed his condolences to the family and colleagues of the fallen firefighter, acknowledging the extraordinary sacrifices made by frontline heroes in their efforts to protect communities.

Climate change is increasing the risk of hot, dry weather, which fuels these devastating wildfires. Canada, in particular, is experiencing more frequent and intense extreme weather events due to warming temperatures, which are rising faster in the country compared to the global average.

The wildfires have also caused pollution alerts across North America, with smoke-carrying pollutants blowing southward, reaching as far as Europe.