summer forest fires
Forest fires near Wawa, Ontario in late May and early June 2023 closed the TransCanada Highway. (Photo provided by Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry)

Canada’s summer will be hotter than usual, experts agree. But will the heat bring on more forest fires? That’s where they diverge.

David Phillips, senior climatologist at Environment Canada and spokesperson for the Meteorological Service of Canada, said their models predict a hotter and drier summer for most of the country.

And that could have dire consequences for a country whose forests are already burning. 

Only two months into the fire season, Canada has set a record for forest fires. The acreage burned from all the fires is almost eight million hectares, an area larger than Nova Scotia. 

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Hadassah Alencar is a bilingual journalist based near Montreal. She recently completed the journalism program at Concordia University, where she worked as a teaching assistant and became editor-in-chief...