The Big Question On Everybody’s Mind: How Long Will Canada Burn?

Canadian fires continue to burn and will send smoke over New York City and the east coast throughout the summer, as experts warn that firefighting operations could last until September. As of Sunday afternoon, there were more than 568 active fires across Canada, 281 of which are classified as “out of control.” The Canadian fires are taking place in the boreal forest where there's a vast amount of peat, which can slow fires if it’s wet. If it’s dry, it can burn underground and spread fires even farther. This type of forest has various trees that are densely packed, and when a fire starts it burns at a higher intensity. Most of the East Coast is now under an Air Quality Alert bearing a code red level, which means air pollution concentrations within the region are unhealthy for everyone.