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BC extends State of Emergency for the fourth time this summer

BC extends State of Emergency for the fourth time this summer

The province of British Columbia declared a state of emergency due to extreme wildfire danger on July 7th. That declaration has now been extended four times and will be continuing until end of day on September 15th.

The declaration will continue to apply to the whole province in an effort to ensure that resources are readily available and can be delivered in a co-ordinated response to the ongoing wildfire situation.

The province will also continue to provide ongoing support to evacuees with a $600-per-household fund which will be renewed every 14 days until orders are downgraded and people are allowed to return home.

As of this morning, there are 160 wildfires burning in B.C, with 16 evacuation orders affecting approximately 3,622 individuals, plus 39 evacuation alerts impacting approximate 13, 670 people, according to BC Wildfire Service.

The last provincial declaration of a state of emergency was due to wildfires in August of 2003. This season has become the worst wildfire season in recorded history, burning more that a million hectares of land throughout BC.

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