Photo above: Society of Protection of Forests from Fire (SOPFEU) prevention agent Melanie Morin walks through an area of burned forest in the area surrounding Lebel-sur-Quevillon, Quebec, Wednesday, July 5, 2023. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press via AP)
July 10, 2023 | 4:06 p.m.
The wildfires blazing in Canada are the biggest and most devastating fires Canada has experienced in decades. Federal data shows that as of Friday, more than 22 million acres of the country have burned.
Last week, Convoy of Hope sent thousands of pounds of water and other relief supplies to Canada. People left vulnerable by the fires will receive clothing, hygiene kits, water, and more.
The fires have forced more than 155,000 people from their homes. As of Sunday, more than 860 fires were still burning. There are three months left in the active wildfire season.
Convoy of Hope is committed to helping Canadians affected by the wildfires as they flee to safety and look to rebuild in the future.
July 6, 2023 | 9:40 a.m.
Convoy of Hope is responding to the wildfires burning throughout Canada. Thousands of pounds of water and relief supplies left the World Distribution Center Wednesday to help those affected by the flames and smoke.
The nation faces its most severe early wildfire season on record. Right now, 647 wildfires are burning and 340 are classified as “out of control.” Tens of thousands of Canadians have been displaced in the surrounding provinces, and the number continues to climb daily with the development of new fires.
The fires have burned more acres this season than the entire 2016, 2019, 2020, and 2022 seasons combined. In the beginning of July, Toronto’s air quality was among the worst in the world. The smoke even spread to major metropolitan areas of the U.S. such as New York City and Philadelphia.