After nine weeks of being in a province wide state of emergency driven by the ongoing wildfires, that state of emergency will expire today.
On July 7th, over 200 wildfires sparked in less than 24 hours. The province declared emergency so they could coordinate the response through multiple agencies and respond to wildfires as best they could.
Since the initial declaration, the state of emergency has been extended four times, and officials want the public to know that although the declaration is being rescinded, there is still very real danger for areas still being affected by ongoing fires.
This season is the worst wildfire season in recorded history for the province, burning over a million hectares and costing BC Wildfire Services alone over $500-million.
The last provincial state of emergency was declared in 2003, also to deal with wildfire danger.
As of today, there are still 153 wildfires burning, with 11 evacuation orders and 23 alerts still in effect.
The province will no move in to a standard emergency response for the remainder of the season.