B.C. extends state of emergency by 2 weeks to due wildfires, drought

By Lauren Collins
Victoria News
August 31, 2023
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The province is extending the state of emergency as wildfires and drought continue to plague B.C. Emergency Management Minister Bowinn Ma announced the extension during a wildfire update on Thursday. She was joined by Forests Minister Bruce Ralston. “The nature and unpredictability of the wildfires that we are experiencing this year means that we all need to remain vigilant,” explained Ma. More than 4,200 people are still on evacuation order, while another 65,000 are on alert. …Ma said the northeastern region of the province is expected to continue to see unseasonably warm temperatures, smoke and strong winds, which could then lead to previously under control wildfires becoming out of control again. Of the province’s 34 water basins, 27 of those are at the two highest drought levels. More than 1.91 million hectares have burned so far this year from 2,027 wildfires. There are currently 42 wildfires actively burning in the province, said Ralston. 

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