The Scary Reality of Forest Fires

Posted by on Tuesday, June 28, 2016

There are over 10,000 forest fires on average a year in Canada. The boreal and temperate forests cover approximately half of Canada's landmass, about 417 million hectares.

One of the most famous and recent forest fires was in Fort McMurray that forced the evacuation of 90,000 residents.

Humans are the leading cause of wildfires in Canada. Which means that a large number of forest fires can be prevented.

The forest fire season in Canada runs from April through to October. The most fires and the largest areas burned happen in June, July, and August.

The Numbers

  • General worth of Canada’s forestry industry: $47 billion
  • Amount spent annually on fighting forest fires: $300 million

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