Canada wildfires 2024: Images show wildfire season roaring to a start in Western Canada

Wildfire season is roaring to a start with dozens of wildfires being reported across British Columbia and Alberta, with thousands facing mandatory evacuation orders.

In Fort Nelson, B.C., about 4,700 people are out of their homes. Roughly 6,600 residents have been evacuated out of parts of Fort McMurray, Alta., while the rest of the city remains on evacuation alert. And a fire near Cranberry Portage, Man., has forced out about 500 residents, according to reports by The Canadian Press.

The report shares that B.C. Wildfire Service says fires this year have already burned through more than 2,300 square kilometres.

That's already enough to place 2024 in the middle of rankings for total amounts burned in entire years since 2008.

Dry conditions in both provinces raise fears of fires sparking and spreading further.