Provincial state of emergency ending Tuesday
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. -- B.C. government is ending the provincial state of emergency Tuesday, September 14th at 11:59 p.m.
This was advised by emergency management and wildfire officials.
The state of emergency was initially set to support wildfire response. It was declared on July 20, 2021, to ensure a coordinated response to wildfire activity and to ensure public safety in the province. It was extended three times over the weeks that followed.
Officials decided to end the state of emergency because of the cooler temperatures mixed with more precipitation.
Even though the provincial state of emergency is over, the wildfire season in B.C. continues. Officials will continue to respond to wildfires, and they will continue to support the recovery of affected communities.
As of Tuesday, 14th, 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.
This year, B.C. received support from Mexico, Australia and across Canada. Approximately 32,000 people were displaced.