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Mike Pearson examines the massive Canadian wildfires, the lack of USA wildfires and the effect on all of us.

July 26, 2023

Mike Pearson takes a look at this year's wildfire season and how it's been different than other years in the USA.

First of all, many Americans have had to endure the wildfire smoke and haze from the Canadian wildfires burning out of control up north.

In July, this has been the quietest start to wildfire season in the USA in at least 10 years due to atmospheric rivers that brought rain to California this winter.

As of July 21, 865,000 acres burned in the USA-- first time in many years fewer than 1 billion acres burned here by Mid- Summer.

2023 has been the most devastating wildfire season in history in Canada. There are still 4,250 fires burning in Canada-- 11 million acres have burned and 885 fires remain in Canada with 564 burning out of control.

Luckily, with the situation under control in the USA, it has allowed crews from the USA to go to Canada to help fight the fire battles. Even crews from across the globe have been sent to Canada in an effort to extinguish the flames there.

The heat and humidity in the middle of the USA this week though could trap the wildfire smoke and bring down the air quality again.

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