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.
The village of Lytton, which recorded Canada’s highest temperature ever at 49.6 degrees Celsius on Tuesday, was devastated after fires that broke out in the village – about 260 km northeast of Vancouver – forced its 250 residents to flee, leaving their belongings behind on Wednesday evening. .
“Within 15 minutes, the whole village was on fire,” the mayor of the village, Jan Boldermann, told the BBC.
Abnormally high temperatures were recorded in large areas of North America in recent days.
Experts say climate change is expected to increase the frequency of extreme weather events, such as extreme heat waves and extreme cold. However, linking any single event to global warming is complex.
The British Columbia Wildfires Department said on Friday that 136 fires had broken out across the province, after nearly 12,000 lightning strikes the previous day.
Hundreds of people were warned that they might have to leave their homes.
Canadian Defense Minister Harjit Sagan said the government would provide aid, including military helicopters and personnel, to help fight fires and reach people under fire.
The fires caused the closure of a number of major roads.
Public Safety Minister Bill Blair said bad weather and bushfires were having a “devastating and unprecedented” impact on British Columbia.
“These bushfires show that we are in the early stages, which promises to be a long and difficult summer,” he added.
Health officials in Canada say high temperatures are likely to have contributed to 719 sudden deaths over the past week.
“Many of the deaths that have occurred over the past week have been among the elderly, living alone in private housing with minimal ventilation,” Lisa Lapointe, chief of forensic medicine, said in a statement.
Meanwhile, temperatures are declining in the coastal areas of Canada, unlike the situation in the interior. The British Columbia Forest Fire Service said it was preparing for more bushfires on Saturday and Sunday.