Alberta Street News

Canadian wildfires: an evacuee’s experience

Climate crisis7 min read7 Aug 2023

By Joanne Benger

Canadian street paper Alberta Street News presents a personal account of evacuation during the spread of wildfires earlier this year – just one example of how extreme weather is forcibly displacing people.

Light snowfall over winter combined with a lack of rain in spring created tinder dry conditions, resulting in wildfires across Alberta. By the end of May, there were 140 fires burning. Nearly 4,000 people were evacuated as their homes were threatened by the advancing fires.

Smoke from the Alberta fires spread across Canada and into the US. A state of emergency was issued 6 May. Although there are still fires burning, rain finally brought the wildfires under control and the state of emergency was dropped on 3 June.

This article first appeared in Alberta Street News, a magazine sold on the streets of Alberta, Canada, by people who have limited other ways of earning an income.

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