A Level 6 wildfire is currently burning through northern Alberta. As a result, 4,000 people, including 750 from the Bushe River Reserve and the entire town of High Level, have been forced to evacuate.
As devastating as this year's wildfires have been, they are not the only threat to the world's forests. Massive deforestation caused by human activity threatens much of the world's woodlands.
Joining the professional firefighting crews on the front lines of California's massive fires are thousands of prisoners, brought out of their jails to engage in this dangerous work.
With drier conditions, longer burning seasons, and more fuel on the forest floor, lightning, a discarded cigarette or runaway campfire is more likely to cause an out-of-control wildfire.
Climate change doesn't necessarily start fires -- lightning, unattended campfires, carelessly tossed cigarette butts and sparks are major causes -- but it creates conditions for more and larger fires.
Several members of the New Brunswick Union have headed to Fort McMurray, Alberta to help the community in the wake of the devastating wildfires. Many of the people affected have ties to New Brunswick.
The devastating Fort McMurray fires have been heartbreaking to watch. The Steelworkers Humanity Fund will contribute $40,000 to Fort McMurray fire relief to help rebuild what was lost.
Dig deep. The CLC is. And the federal government has committed to matching all individual charitable donations made to the Canadian Red Cross in support of the ongoing relief efforts in Alberta.
A huge wildfire in Fort McMurray, Alta., destroyed an entire neighbourhood and burned homes and businesses in several others Tuesday, and continues to rage out of control.
Only 4 months into the new year and British Columbia has already seen 143 wildfires by April 19.