The capital of Canada’s Northwestern Territories and nearby regions turned into ghost towns as 20,000 people fled their homes due to the raging wildfires.
The capital of Canada’s Northwestern Territories and nearby regions turned into ghost towns as at least 20,000 people fled their homes due to the raging wildfires.
The skies turned yellow due to the smoke bellowing out of the areas struck by the wildfires. The smoke was coming from the McDougall Creek wildfire that caused heavy devastation in the region.
The satellite image shows the wildfires in Yellowknife, the capital of the country’s Northwestern Territories. Officials said that about 19,000 people had left the town in less than 48 hours.
Plumes of smoke can be seen coming out of the burning forests as civilians sought refuge. Hundreds of kilometres south of Yellowknife, homes burned in West Kelowna, British Columbia as well.
“I described today as another marathon sprint,” Yellowknife Mayor Rebecca Alty said as the region turns into a ghost town. 2,600 people are left in the city and 1,000 of them are essential workers.
Meanwhile, evacuees from Yellowknife got a chance to witness the beautiful Aurora Borealis. The evacuees saw the lights at the campsite provided by a community in Alberta.
On Friday, firefighters reached McDougall Creek as the fury of the wildfires intensified. “It’s kind of like having a pint at the end of the world,” an evacuee told AP News.
Cars started queuing up on the roads as thousands rushed to flee their homes. The last gas station that was operating in the area shut down on Friday afternoon to avoid any escalation.
A man and a woman can be seen carrying their stuff as they evacuate from their home. The small community of Enterprise in the Northwestern Territory was largely damaged by the wildfires.
Canada has seen a record number of wildfires this year, contributing to choking smoke in parts of the United States. As of Friday morning, more than 1,000 wildfires were burning across the country.