This is an interesting happening, on several levels, and I had to decide which catagory was the best to post the story in. It seems early in the year for wildfires to be starting already, and you would think that it would still be cold that far north in Canada. Almost 100,000 people around Ft. McMurray have already been evacuated, and then another fire started pretty much directly west of there in British Columbia. One intersting thing about both of these fires is that they are located close to an oil supply, or processing plant. With the prices of oil dropping so low for imported oil, it kind of makes you wonder if somebody "over there" wants to slow down our oil production over in this part of the world. Both fires seem to have started almost spontaneously, and almost at the same time. However, there is yet another interesting aspect to these fires ! I was just watching the video that Dutchsinse put out about the wildfires, and he is showing that they are actually not that far from the tectonic plate that runs through that area. It IS possible that this has caused the ground to be extra hot along the plate line, and that this is what has caused the fires. We had a similar thing happen in southern Idaho last summer (and possibly in other areas as well), where the ground had heated up, and caused forest fires in the area. I remember reading an article about a man who lived in the area, and was walking along one of the trails that he often walked on with his dogs. There were hot springs in that area, and his dog happily jumped into the hot spring as they were walking by, and the dog was killed because the water in the springs had heated up way beyond normal, and it burned the dog. The hiker also was badly burned trying to save his dog, but was able to call for help on his cell phone. Apparently, the water, which was usually only barely warm, had been heated from the underground magma moving around. The Forest Service said that they believe that this is also what caused some of the numerous forest fires in that area last summer.