THE Province of British Columbia om Friday formally extended the provincial state of emergency through the end of day August 4. Premier John Horgan announced on July 19 that the state of emergency was being extended.
The state of emergency declaration will continue to apply to the whole province so that federal, provincial and local resources can be delivered in a co-ordinated response to the wildfire situation and continue to ensure public safety.
Public safety remains the provincial government’s top priority. The Province has also committed to provide ongoing direct financial support to evacuees. The current one-time $600-per-household funding will be renewed every 14 days on an ongoing basis until evacuees return home.
As of this morning there were 168 wildfires burning in B.C. with 52 evacuation orders affecting more than 43,000 individuals and 39 evacuation alerts impacting approximately 24,000 persons.
The state of emergency gives agencies such as Emergency Management BC, the fire commissioner, the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, and the RCMP the authority, under the Emergency Program Act, to take every action necessary to fight these wildfires and protect residents and their communities.
For information on evacuation orders and alerts, visit Emergency Info BC: https://www.emergencyinfobc.gov.bc.ca/
Keep up-to-date on the provincial wildfire situation: www.bcwildfire.ca