Canada wildfires News

Canada’s Insured Catastrophe Losses Exceed C$2 Billion in 2021: CatIQ

Canada’s total insured catastrophe losses were C$2.04 billion (US$1.63 billion) to date, landing the year in the top five loss years for the country, according to Catastrophe Indices and Quantification Inc. (CatIQ). Further, with 14 events incurring at least C$25 …

Flood-Stricken British Columbia Weighs Cost of Climate-Proofing Infrastructure

CALGARY, Alberta – Flood-stricken British Columbia is considering major upgrades to its highway network to make it more resilient to climate change risks, as the province starts reconstruction work after last week’s devastating floods. Upgrades would include building longer bridges …

Climate Change Could Fuel Atmospheric Rivers, Which Caused Recent Canada Floods

Atmospheric rivers of the kind that drenched California and flooded British Columbia in recent weeks will become larger — and possibly more destructive — because of climate change, scientists said. Columns in the atmosphere hundreds of miles long carry water …

Insured Price Tag for Canada’s Summer Storms and Wildfires Nears C$200M

Two storms that raged across Alberta and Saskatchewan in Canada in July and August caused C$120 million (US$94.5 million) in insured damage, while the August wildfire, in White Rock Lake, British Columbia, is now estimated to have caused damages of …

Canada Orders Rail Transport Restrictions in Areas with High Wildfire Risk

OTTAWA – Canada on Sunday ordered rail transport restrictions for areas where there is a high wildfire risk after a blaze wiped out the town of Lytton, British Columbia, and killed two people earlier this month. The order will require …

Record High Temperatures Hit Nordic Region, Arctic Circle, Adding to Wildfire Dangers

Record-high temperatures from Canada to Scandinavia and intense wildfires flaring up from California to Russia’s Far East are adding to extreme weather events recorded at the start of the summer in the Northern Hemisphere. Temperatures in several towns in the …

Canada Must Address Rising Costs of Natural Disasters, Says Research Group

Canada should accelerate measures, including financing mechanisms, to help governments, companies and individuals prepare for the rising costs of weather-related disasters, according to a research institute. The cost of floods, wildfires and other catastrophic events has increased sharply over the …

Wood-Panel Producer Norbord Halts Mill Production Following Alberta Wildfires

Norbord Inc said on Tuesday it suspended production at its oriented strand board (OSB) mill in High Level, Alberta, to comply with evacuation orders following nearby wildfires. More than 4,000 people from High Level and the Bushe River First nations …

British Columbia Wildfires Continue to Rage, Torching 1,235-Plus Square Miles

British Columbia is extending a state of emergency for two more weeks as wildfires sweeping across the province’s interior show no sign of slowing. Premier John Horgan said Wednesday that his government’s first priority is to support the more than …

British Columbia Wildfires Expected to Worsen; Nearly 40,000 People Evacuated

Fast-moving wildfires in British Columbia have forced nearly 40,000 people to leave their homes and residents are flooding into crowded evacuation centers amid a provincial state of emergency. Federal Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale announced Monday that Ottawa was deploying …