British Columbia continues to be in a provincial state of emergency.
On Tuesday, the B.C. government announced that it has extended the existing provincial state of emergency until Sept. 14 as a result of the ongoing wildfire situation.
The move gives government officials the ability to use “extraordinary powers” under the Emergency Program Act, if needed.
“Things are trending in the right direction, but we must remain alert and aware of the fires still burning and the potential for others to start,” Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, said in a press release.
There are 233 wildfires were burning in B.C. and 21 evacuation orders affecting approximately 3,754 properties, as of Tuesday (Aug. 31) morning. An additional 77 evacuation alerts affecting approximately 6,073 properties are also in place.
“Extending this state of emergency recognizes that the potential for significant wildfire activity persists, even as the nights get longer and the days cool down a bit, so I urge British Columbians to continue to be vigilant,” added Farnworth.