B.C. to end provincial state of emergency

B.C. to end provincial state of emergency

British Columbia will no longer be in a provincial state of emergency.

The B.C. government announced Monday that the provincial state of emergency will end at 11:59 p.m. on Sept. 14.

The state of emergency had been declared on July 20 in response to the wildfire situation in the province.

“Cooler seasonal weather and precipitation, combined with the hard work of firefighters from B.C., Canada and abroad to contain and extinguish fires, means that B.C. can allow the state of emergency to end and return to a standard emergency response,” the provincial government said in a press release.

While the state of emergency will end, the province stresses that B.C.’s wildfire season is still “not over” yet and that it is “vital” that the people remain prepared.

At one point this summer, there were 3,631 people were helping fight the fires, including support from Mexico, Australia and across Canada.

Currently, there are 205 wildfires are burning in B.C., with three evacuation orders affecting approximately 223 properties and 12 evacuation alerts affecting approximately 254 properties. Overall this year, 1,585 fires burned 868,619 hectares in the province.


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