B.C. to lift state of emer­gency

Penticton Herald - - NEWS -

CASTLEGAR, B.C. — An of­fi­cial says Bri­tish Columbia’s pro­vin­cial state of emer­gency is ex­pected to be lifted soon as the record-break­ing wild­fire sea­son be­gins to wind down.

Chris Duffy with Emer­gency Man­age­ment BC says he be­lieves the state of emer­gency will be lifted by the end of day Fri­day be­cause fire con­di­tions have im­proved across much of the province.

The dec­la­ra­tion was orig­i­nally made in early July as ag­gres­sive wild­fires bal­looned in the province’s In­te­rior, de­vour­ing large swaths of land and forc­ing thou­sands of peo­ple from their homes.

At the time, the province said is­su­ing a state of emer­gency al­lows for bet­ter co-or­di­na­tion of fed­eral, pro­vin­cial and lo­cal re­sources to en­sure pub­lic safety.

Kevin Skrep­nek with the BC Wild­fire Service says 1,249 fires have burned across the province since April 1, cost­ing the province more than $510 mil­lion for fire sup­pres­sion alone.

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