B.C. extends wildfires state of emergency for the fourth time this summer

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      The provincial government has again extended a state of emergency on account of B.C. wildfires.

      “The state of emergency declaration will continue to apply to the whole province," reads a September 1 media release. "This ensures that federal, provincial and local resources can be delivered in a co-ordinated response to the wildfire situation and continue to ensure public safety, which remains the provincial government's top priority.”

      The state of emergency is scheduled to remain in effect until September 15.

      It was originally declared on July 8. This is the fourth time that it’s been extended.

      According to the September 1 media release, there are 160 wildfires burning across B.C. and 16 related evacuation orders remain in effect. More than 3,600 people are impacted by those orders.

      Fire bans remain throughout the province and vacationers are being asked to avoid backcountry roads.

      An August 28 media release quoted the premier emphasizing the severity of this season’s fires.

      "This summer's unprecedented wildfire season has hurt communities and forced people from their homes," John Horgan said. "British Columbians are working together to recover and rebuild. Your government is here to help."

      What’s happened across the province this summer is described there as the "worst wildfire in British Columbia's history”.

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