Heat wave in Canada: Thousands of lightning strikes cause dozens of fires


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Wildfires in the heights near Kamloops

Meanwhile, more than 130 fires are burning in Canadian forests across the west of the country in the wake of a record-breaking heat wave there.

Experts have warned of more thunderbolts throughout Saturday and Sunday, driven by the heat wave, which may exacerbate the pace of fires.

The Canadian federal government said it would send military aircraft to help emergency workers battling fires in British Columbia, Canada’s third most populous province.

Earlier this week, people were forced to flee the village of Lytton in the same province after it was hit by a fire.


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