Map: where Western wildfires have made the air outside too dangerous to breathe
Particulates from smoke have drastically impacted air quality in areas of several states
13 September, 2017
Unusually bad wildfires have been blazing in the Western United States, leaving areas across Oregon, Washington, Montana, and Wyoming choking on harmful levels of smoke and shrouded in a cloudy haze.
Jim Garner barely managed to escape wildfire that has forced hundreds to flee in southwestern Alberta
A rancher in southwestern Alberta is thankful for the clothes on his back — and four horses who managed to escape a locked barn — after getting 20 minutes' notice to flee the wildfire that reduced his home and business of 31 years to blackened rubble.
The blackened rubble of Jim Garner's home and business for 31 years, tucked between Waterton Lakes National Park and a river, still smouldered Tuesday. Nearby, planes dropped water on a fire that keeps growing.
- The Pacific Northwest has been engulfed in wildfire smoke from Montana, British Columbia, Eastern Washington and Oregon for much of this summer. (Photo: Dahr Jamail)
Hundreds of people forced to leave as fire surges beyond borders of Waterton Lakes National Park
This map of the Kenow wildfire in southwestern Alberta and B.C. was released by the Alberta government at about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday. The yellow area shows the fire perimeter as of Monday, while the red area shows where it had spread to by Tuesday night. (Government of Alberta)
The Kenow wildfire raging through southwestern Alberta has reached 42,000 hectares in size, according to the latest fire map released by Parks Canada, as it burned its way into the townsite in Waterton Lakes National Park and forced hundreds of people to flee.
A release sent out Tuesday evening by Parks Canada said 33,000 hectares were burning in Alberta, with the remainder of the fire just across the border in southeastern B.C., where the fire started after a lightning strike nearly two weeks ago.
Measured at just over 11,000 hectares on Monday morning, the blaze has quadrupled in size over the last two days.
"The fire is out of control," said wildfire information officer Leslie Lozinski at a news conference.
"It is classified as 'out of control' and it will probably remain out of control for sometime until we see a significant change in the fire behaviour," she added.