Thousands evacuate as Nova Scotia fights wildfires

Wildfires in the Atlantic Canadian province of Nova Scotia have destroyed homes and caused thousands of people to evacuate.

As of Monday, around 16,400 people have been forced to leave their homes near Halifax, Nova Scotia’s largest city.

The region has seen over 100 more wildfires than last year, fuelled by drier than normal conditions.

Evacuation orders have also been issued in British Columbia as fires continue to blaze in the country’s west.

In a tweet on Monday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called the fires in Nova Scotia “incredibly serious” and said his government is on standby to offer assistance if needed.


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