A wildfire near Fort McMurray, Alberta, caused evacuations on May 15, 2024, though favorable winds were expected to ease the threat. This occurred as Canada entered a new fire season following last year’s numerous wildfires, which had significant impacts across the country. Approximately 6,600 residents evacuated parts of Fort McMurray, recalling a destructive wildfire in 2016 that caused extensive damage and required mass evacuations. Last year’s wildfires burned a large area and sent smoke across the U.S. East Coast, affecting air quality in several regions. The ongoing fire season was influenced by various factors, including weather patterns and environmental conditions.

In British Columbia, a low-pressure system aided containment efforts for a wildfire near Fort Nelson, while in Manitoba, evacuations were underway due to a large fire in Cranberry Portage. This demonstrated coordinated efforts among local, provincial, and federal agencies in responding to wildfires. Authorities bolstered the response with extra resources, including firefighters and support for displaced residents. They urged residents to stay informed and prepared, emphasizing safety measures during wildfire events. As climate change impacted fire behavior and intensity, long-term forest management and emergency response strategies were crucial. These included controlled burns, improved land management, and advanced firefighting technologies to reduce wildfire risk and enhance response. Public awareness and education campaigns aimed to help communities understand risks and take proactive steps for protection. Fostering preparedness and resilience could better manage wildfire challenges and ensure safety and well-being.