Canadian wildfires have become front page news all over the world, and some are being set intentionally.
A man in Calgary has been slapped with arson charges after he confessed to intentionally starting a “brush fire” in the Inglewood area, according to police.
The fire destroyed three acres of vegetation, according to local media. Police made the arrest after the man came up to them and admitted to the crime.
This comes as wildfires rip through multiple Canadian provinces, leading to front page coverage in the Associated Press, a wire service that sells its news to outlets all over the world.
RCMP in Nova Scotia are looking for suspects after three fires were deliberately set north of Halifax. Similarly, RCMP in Alberta have made multiple arrests in relation to arsons in the province. Several suspects are still at large.
Fact-checkers were quick to rule out a political motivation behind the arsons in Alberta. However, the true motivations for the arsonists in both eastern and western Canada is still unclear.
There is no evidence the wildfires were caused by climate change activists or left-wing extremists, despite rampant speculation on social media.
Not all of the wildfires in Canada can be tied to arsonists, and climate change has likely played a role in at least some of the ongoing fires.
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