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Available Expert - California wildfire forces evacuation of 27,000 residents near Los Angeles

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Queen’s University wildfire expert Edward Struzik is available for comment on a fast-moving California wildfire that has forced the evacuation of 27,000 residents 100 km north of Los Angeles.

"Two decades ago, no one dreamed we would have a year-round fire season,” says Mr. Struzik. “But as this year’s runaway firestorms across the continent tragically demonstrate that is quickly become the new reality.”

“In late September, when snow usually falls on the mountains of Glacier and Waterton National parks on the Montana/Alberta border, fires burned so hot that there was nothing but blackened ground left in vast areas. Less than three weeks before Christmas, hundreds of thousands of people in California are either out of their homes or breathing in noxious smoke. This is all part of a new paradigm that’s been evolving for some time. We need to find new ways of adapting to this new reality."

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