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First, an unprecedented heatwave, then wildfires of terrifying ferocity, sudden evacuations, and a B.C. village burned to the ground. For much of Western Canada, summers are becoming a season of anxiety.
Mathieu Bourbonnais, an assistant professor in UBC Okanagan's department of earth and environmental sciences, is a former wildland firefighter who researches wildfires and ecology. He talks about the destruction of Lytton, B.C., the extreme nature of these fires, what firefighters are going through, and what it will take to break this cycle.