Canada wildfires spread to new areas, prompting more evacuations

Approximately 10,000 people have been ordered to leave a coastal city in the Canadian province of Quebec, marking the latest evacuation amid weeks of wildfires across the country.

Bill Blair, the country’s minister of public safety, has said the ferocity of this year’s early wildfire season in Canada has been “unprecedented”, with more than 1,826 fires burning 2.7 million hectares (6.7 million acres) of land.

Across Canada, more than 210 fires were still burning on Friday, with about 29,000 people evacuated before the most recent order in Quebec, he said.