BC declares state of emergency due to wildfires

BC declares state of emergency due to wildfires

As of Wednesday, there are more than 550 wildfires burning across B.C., with 29 evacuation orders in effect displacing more than 3,000 people.

The current state of emergency will be in effect for an initial 14 days.

"Taking this step will further ensure we can protect the public, property and infrastructure, and assist with firefighting efforts", Fanworth said in a statement. The declaration ensures that the delivery of federal, provincial, and local resources is co-ordinated to ensure that the public is protected.

On Monday, the British Columbia government formally requested help from the federal government, which responded by sending 200 troops as well as military aircraft to help contain and "mop up" the wildfires.

The dense smoke also made it more hard to find fires that were sparked by lightning last weekend, said Skrepnek.

This marks the second time in as many years that B.C. has declared a state of emergency due to wildfires.

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The extended weather forecast calls for continued hot and dry conditions, with risk of thunderstorms in some parts of the province.

Wildfires have burned close to 400,000 hectares of British Columbia so far this year, making 2018 the fourth-largest fire season since 1950, data from the BC Wildfire service shows. Nearly 20,000 people were impacted by the fires and evacuation orders, according to Global News.

Across the province, many areas have been under hazy or smoky skies for days or even weeks, including Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley where the air quality health index was rated 9 on a 1-10 scale on Wednesday morning.

There are also 48 evacuation alerts that have 18,720 people across the province ready to leave their homes at a moment's notice.

Currently, more than 3,372 firefighters and contractors are actively engaged in fighting fires in all fire regions of the province. Just over 1,800 blazes have been recorded since the wildfire season began April 1.

More than two-thirds of them were caused by lightning. There are now more than 3,372 firefighters and contractors engaged in fighting fires.

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