After an unprecedented and record-setting wildfire season in BC, a provincial state-of-emergency that was issued mid-August has ended.
In a release, the Province of British Columbia says cooler weather and progress in containing the forest fires means the provincial state of emergency are no longer required.
The province first declared a state of emergency on August 15th, which was initially supposed to be in effect for two weeks but was extended until September 12th.
There’s been significant reduction in the number of properties under evacuation order and many residents have been allowed to return home.
The state of emergency was to ensure public safety and the co-ordinated response to the summer’s wildfire season that has seen more than 1.3 million hectares burned to date.
As of Friday morning, 485 wildfires are burning in B.C., with 19 evacuation orders affecting approximately 1,994 individuals, plus 39 evacuation alerts affecting approximately 4,848 people.
This marks the second time in as many years that B.C. has declared a state of emergency due to wildfires. In 2017, the declaration lasted 10 weeks from July 7 to Sept. 15.