The Canadian province of Nova Scotia calls on the United States to provide aid to combat wildfires | outside

The eastern Canadian province of Nova Scotia on Wednesday asked for the help of the Canadian and United States military to fight a large wildfire. So more than 16,000 people have already been evacuated in the regional capital, Halifax.

“We are going through a crisis in the province and we need all the help we can get,” Nova Scotia Governor Tim Houston told a news conference. “These fires are unprecedented.” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called the fires “heartbreaking” and pledged unfettered support for the extinguishing effort.

14 wildfires are raging in Canada’s Atlantic Coast Province. Firefighters have no control over three of these. To date, two hundred buildings have been burned down, and no injuries have been reported.

“People are tired, frustrated and scared,” said Halifax Mayor Mike Savage. More than 16,000 residents northwest of the city have already been evacuated.

Dry weather and temperature records expected in the coming days have authorities fearing that the firefighting work could take a long time. The smoke has now reached the US states of New Jersey and parts of Pennsylvania, worsening the air quality there.

A wildfire image near Lake Barrington, Nova Scotia. © AFP

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