Officials say the wildfires that destroyed towns and cities in British Columbia were probably caused by humans.
The BC Wildfire Service stated that the fire that burned in Lytton, BC last week, Cause two deaths, It is probably caused by man-made.
Fire Information Officer Erika Berg said on Sunday that the Wildfire Service suspected that the fire came from the village of Lytton.
“The specific cause of the Lytton Creek wildfire is still being investigated by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and our fire cause investigators,” Berg said.
“It is suspected to be man-made, but the specific reason remains to be determined.”
She said the fire is currently under the jurisdiction of the Litton Fire Brigade.
On Wednesday, Lytton, about 150 kilometers northeast of Vancouver, set the highest temperature ever in Canada for three consecutive days. The highest temperature on Tuesday was 49.6 degrees Celsius, as an unprecedented heat wave swept through western Canada.
There are now more than 180 active fires in the province. On Monday, more than 100 firefighters from outside the province will arrive to assist.
90% of the villages have disappeared
On Wednesday, more than 1,000 people fled Lytton and surrounding areas.
The province said on Thursday that the damage included “most of the houses” and buildings in the village, as well as the local ambulance station and RCMP detachment. The local councillor said that 90% of the people in the village are gone.
Berg said that most of the fires at the beginning of the BC fire season were caused by humans rather than lightning.
Depending on the situation, some common culprits include unattended bonfires, sparks from power tools and machinery, and weak infrastructure such as power lines.
Later in summer, as conditions become dry, fires are often caused by natural factors such as lightning.
Berg said sparks from trains can also cause fires.
There are already some Speculation Among the witnesses, the fire was caused by a passing train.
In response to a question from CBC News, Mathieu Gaudello, A CN Rail spokesperson did not confirm reports that a railway carriage was seen passing through the area with burning cargo before the fire broke out.
He wrote in an email: “We want to provide support to the people of Lytton, and we are committed to assisting this community in this tragic incident. CN is fully cooperating and will provide all information that may help the investigation.”
A spokesperson for the Canadian Transportation Safety Board said on Sunday that it had not received any reports from railway companies related to the fire. TSB is responsible for overseeing the safety of the aviation, railway, ship and pipeline industries.
Berg said it may take several months for investigators to determine the exact cause of the fire.