Provincial state of emergency to expire Friday

By Greg Fry
September 15, 2017 - 11:57am Updated: September 15, 2017 - 1:09pm

KAMLOOPS — The provincial state of emergency in B.C. will expire at midnight tonight (Friday, September 15).

The province confirmed the news today. The state of emergency was declared on July 7 and was extended four times over the following nine weeks.

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 Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development will assume leadership from Emergency Management BC for the goverment's long-term wildfire recovery efforts.

The province says the government's plan involves four components:

  • People and communities: examining a range of social services required, based on community need, such as long term mental health support
  • Economy: identfying short, medium and long-term recovery supports for the small business, tourism and resource-based sectors
  • Environment: providing co-ordinated support for land-based recovery operations, such as reforestation
  • Infrastructure and Reconstruction: identifying recovery supports for local governments and First Nations in their direct recovery of infrastructure losses, with a focus on longer-term mitigation and adaptation

 

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