Canada's BC lifts state of emergency over wildfires

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Image Credit BC Wildfire Service

1:09pm Image Credit BC Wildfire Service

Despite the change, the province reminds residents that the wildfire season is not over and ask the public to remain vigilant in preventing further wildfire activity.

The State of Emergency in BC due to the wildfires will end at midnight tonight. The state of emergency was declared on July 7 and was extended four times over the following nine weeks.

More than 11,700 square kilometres of land has been charred since April 1, which the government said is the largest area burned in the province's history. There are wildfires that are still burning out of control in southeastern B.C. As of Friday morning, there were 153 wildfires burning in the province and 11 evacuation orders affecting approximately 3,152 people.

The province said about 65,000 people were forced to flee their homes this summer.

There are another 23 evacuation alerts for communities in the province, meaning that more than 5,700 people have been told to prepare to leave at a moment's notice.

The numbers detailing B.C.'s worst wildfire season on record are colossal.

At the peak of the record wildfires, Canadian Armed Forces and equipment were deployed to support evacuation efforts and relieve.

The federal government created a new ad hoc cabinet committee to co-ordinate its response to the fires, including recovery and rebuilding efforts. A $100-million fund was also made available to support evacuees.

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