B.C. government lifts province-wide state of emergency as wildfire threat subsides

By James Peters
September 7, 2018 - 10:54am

VICTORIA — The B.C. government has lifted the province-wide state of emergency put in place August 15 due to the wildfire situation.

The Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General says today's move is possible because of cooler weather and progress containing those wildfires.

As of Friday morning, there are 485 wildfires continuing to burn throughout B.C.

However, the province says there has been a significant decrease in the number of properties under evacuation order, allowing many residents to return home.

This is the worst wildfire season in the history of the province in terms of area burned, at approximately 1.3 million hectares.

19 evacuation orders remain in place, affecting nearly 2,000 B.C. residents.

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