Natural Resources Canada warns of long, hot, fiery summer

Federal wildfire researchers say most regions in Canada could be facing a long, hot, and fiery summer.

Richard Carr, a fire research analyst with Natural Resources Canada, says wildfire starts and the amount of land burned were below average for the first few weeks of the season, but dry weather is turning things around.

Across the country, wildfire starts have been above average since the end of April.

On the national fire danger map, the risk in almost all of the three most westerly provinces is rated at least high with Saskatchewan showing as almost entirely extreme.

Two provinces, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, have already had their first evacuations of the year.

Nationally, the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre says Canada is about 100 fires ahead of the 10-year average for early May.

Carr says while some parts of the country are flooding, much of the forested area remains dry.