British Columbia remains in a state of emergency.
The B.C. government announced Tuesday that it has extended the existing provincial state of emergency until Aug. 18 due to the ongoing wildfire situation.
There were 254 wildfires burning province-wide, with 64 evacuation orders affecting approximately 4,305 properties, as of Tuesday morning. There are also 99 evacuation alerts affecting approximately 21,049 properties.
“As we have seen over the past number of weeks, the continued dry, hot weather poses a high risk for potential wildfires,” Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, said in a press release issued Tuesday afternoon. “The Province will continue to support British Columbians with all of the tools they may need if they end up facing an evacuation order.”
The B.C. government says its decision to extend the provincial state of emergency will support the “significant number of people” who remain under evacuation orders and alerts.
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