As wildfires continue to ravage parts of Canada, many have speculated that climate change is the cause. However, experts say that this is not the case.
The wildfire season in Canada typically runs from May through October, but this year's destruction has been particularly severe. One month into the season, Canada has already seen more than 400 fires actively burning throughout the country.
Although temperatures has increased and dryness in some areas of Canada, climate change is not responsible for the recent outbreak of wildfires.
According to Canadian Minister of Emergency Preparedness Bill Blair, “the majority of these fires are human-caused” and can be attributed to activities such as campfires left unattended or discarded cigarettes.
Experts also point out that poor land management practices such as logging and clear-cutting can also contribute to an increased risk of wildfires by leaving forests vulnerable to wind and lightning strikes.
In order to reduce the risk of future wildfires, Canadians must take steps to prevent them from occurring in the first place. This includes following safety guidelines when camping or engaging in other outdoor activities and properly disposing of cigarettes or other materials that could spark a fire.