19-year-old firefighter Devin Gale has died in a forest fire in Canada. Now he is praised by the Prime Minister.
Canada is currently experiencing a record number of wildfires. Warming in this country is estimated to be twice as fast as in the rest of the world.
The country is expected to experience its worst wildfire season ever.
Until now, 560 out of a total of around 900 forest fires in the country are said to be still uncontrolled.
The area that has been scorched so far this year is nearly the size of Iceland – or the area of Troms and Finnmark and Viken counties combined in Norway. The fire has consumed more than 100,000 square kilometers of land.
On Thursday, 19-year-old firefighter Devyn Gale died fighting a devastating blaze, it reports BBC.
Gale is crushed by a falling tree while working in a remote area in a Canadian province British Columbia.British Columbia.British Columbia is a Canadian province bordering the Pacific Ocean.
He was then sent to the hospital, but his life could not be saved.
The death is the first reported since the start of the fire season — and the first reported in British Columbia since 2015.
In an Instagram post, Devyn’s brother, Nolan Gale, described her as an “amazing sister”.
“I thank him for everything he has done for me and others, completely out of kindness and without expecting anything in return.”
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sent his condolences to Gale’s family, friends and colleagues at a Twitter posts.
“The news from British Columbia that one of the brave firefighters fighting forest fires has lost his life is heartbreaking. At this very difficult time, I send my deepest condolences to his family, friends and colleagues in the fire service,” he wrote.
British Columbia has been one of the hardest-hit areas in Canada, with 365 active fires.
Most of the fires occur in forests far from human settlements. But they still have serious consequences for the environment.
– This year we saw worse numbers than our most pessimistic scenario, said Yan Boulange at Canada’s Ministry of Natural Resources.
– What’s really crazy is that there hasn’t been a break since May, he continued, according to NTB.
Today alone, 24 new forest fires have been recorded.
British Columbia has ordered new evacuations as a result of the fires and requested the assistance of an additional 1,000 foreign firefighters.
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