Wildfire season kicks off near homeless encampment 
Cause of the fire is still under investigation as Edmonton grass fire starts near homeless encampment.

Mike Campbell

April 15, 2024

Firefighters have been battling a large grass fire in east Edmonton since early Monday morning located on a private property.

Wildfire season kicks off near homeless encampment 

The fire, near Hayter Road, north of Yellowhead Drive, was reported at around 3:45 a.m.

12 fire units, including four water tankers, were on the scene working to extinguish the flames. 

Perhaps not coincidentally, fire crews were also dealing with a number of homeless individuals who were living in camps in the area surrounding the fire. 

Officials further noted that the hydrants on the property weren’t functioning, as reported by CTV News, requiring an all-terrain vehicle to access water sources.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, and Edmonton Fire Rescue Services is working to bring the situation under control.

Nova Scotia man charged for starting massive forest fire

Last year, a number of Liberal MPs were caught blaming Nova Scotia’s biggest ever recorded forest fire on climate change. A few months later, Canadians learned the fire was intentionally started by a 22-year-old man. 

The false accusation, initially stated by Housing Minister Sean Fraser, remains posted on social media, and without retraction.

Subsequently to Fraser’s misinformation, a handful of Liberal MPs amplified the narrative by reposting it, including Canada’s socialist Minister of Climate Change, the former CN Tower scaler himself, Steven Guilbeault.

CityNews Everywhere also reported that “The fingerprints of climate change are all over the supercharged weather” when referring to Nova Scotia’s 2023 wildfire season.

Trudeau’s former advisor and long time pal Gerald Butts last year blamed climate change for the forest fires that were started by arsonists across Canada.

Butts, along with several Liberal MPs, regularly connects the forest fires in Canada to man-made climate change. 

On the other hand, Premier Danielle Smith was recently begged to blame climate change on the record breaking number of forest fires in Alberta last year — but she refused, noting that most of them were caused by humans.

Shortly after in January 2024, a Quebec man pleaded guilty to numerous charges against him in relation to starting 14 forest fires near the Chibougamau area in Quebec last summer.

The annual number of wildfires in Canada over the past 40 years appears to be relatively stable, despite last year’s record breaking year.

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