A wildfire that forced residents to flee the small town of Lytton in British Columbia continued to burn out of control last Thursday, fueled by three days of record high temperatures in Canada.
The town’s inhabitants were told to abandon their homes with just minutes’ notice on Wednesday after a day when the temperature soared to a record high of 121.2 degrees Fahrenheit. The province’s public safety minister, Mike Farnworth, said that most of Lutton’s homes and other buildings had been destroyed. “Our poor little town of Lytton is gone,” Edith Loring-Kuhanga, an administrator at Stein Valley Nlakapamux school, said in a Facebook post. Some of the town’s residents were unaccounted for after the rushed evacuation. (Associated Press and The Guardian).
Comment: Truly scary! A foretaste of what is to come. The oil companies and the right-wing politicians who tell us “It’s all a hoax” have a lot to answer for, but denying climate change because it might be financially inconvenient for them, this is, in my opinion, almost criminal.