After 70 days, B.C. state of emergency to end

About 153 wildfires are still burning in B.C.

The provincial state of emergency due to a record-breaking wildfire season comes to an end Friday at midnight.

The state of emergency was declared on July 7 and extended four times over the nine weeks that followed. During this wildfire season, approximately 65,000 people evacuated from their homes.

Given the weather forecast and efforts of the BC Wildfire Service to contain and extinguish fires, the province said in a statement its now is in a position to allow the state of emergency to expire and return to a standard emergency response.

PHOTOS: Community members band together during wildfire season

READ MORE: B.C. loses more than one million hectares to wildfires

This means the Canadian Forces will be demobilizing members who’ve been working with the provincial wildfire service.

But the wildfire season is not over yet.

As of this morning, 153 wildfires are burning in B.C., with 11 evacuation orders affecting about 3,000 individuals. Approximately 23 evacuation alerts are also still impacting more than 5,000 people.

Resources – including the bi-weekly stipend from the Canadian Red Cross – will continue for those still displaced, confirmed Robert Turner with Emergency Management BC.

Province to review record-breaking season

Forest Minister Doug Donaldson said the province will be undergoing a full review of how the wildfires were handled this summer.

This will include looking at how fuel was treated in the fire zones and other recommendations for next year.


@ashwadhwani
ashley.wadhwani@bpdigital.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Alberni Valley Regional Airport closed due to flooding

Airport estimated to reopen in two to three days

Josephine Street Bridge closure extended

Restoration has been delayed due to poor weather

Vehicle rolls over at bottom of hump, driver not found

Port Alberni RCMP are still investigating

LNG project given a traditional Huu-ay-aht name

Huu-ay-aht First Nations and Steelhead LNG have announced new name for co-managed project

Port Alberni tackles “big city” problems

City’s compliance staff unable to take on emerging challenges

Nanaimo judge won’t let arsonist have a cigarette lighter

Martin Arthur Taylor previously pleaded guilty to February 2016 arson incident in Nanaimo

Nanaimo suspect with ‘shopping list’ breaks into two bait cars in one day

Woman busted after incidents in early-morning hours Wednesday, Nov. 22

BC Ferries vehicle traffic last summer was best ever

CEO says positive results reduce future pressure on fares

Dead rats on doorstep greets Summerland mayor

Two rodents have been delivered to Peter Waterman’s doorstep

False killer whale ‘Chester’ dies at Vancouver Aquarium

He was found stranded near Tofino in July 2014 and only had a 10 per cent chance of making it at the time

Propane explosion destroys fifth wheel in Nanaimo

No one hurt but trailer destroyed when propane leak ignites in Harewood

Black Friday fervour wanes as some consumers, retailers shun practice

Some businesses are choosing to opt out, while some shoppers are turning to buying online

Most Read