Wildfire state of emergency declaration extended to September 1

By James Peters
August 18, 2017 - 11:35am

KAMLOOPS — For the third time this summer, the provincial government has extended the state of emergency in relation to the BC wildfire crisis.

The state of emergency was officially called on July 7, and extended on July 19 and August 4.

This time, the designation will remain in place until at least September 1.

Provincial officials say the declaration "ensures that federal, provincial and local resources can be delivered in a co-ordinated response to the wildfire situation."

At last report, there were 138 active wildfires throughout the province.

Earlier this week, 2017 surpassed 1958 as the worst fire season in BC's history, measuring area burned.

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