Due to the increasing threat from hundreds of wildfires in British Columbia, the B.C. government has declared a provincial state of emergency.
The state of emergency was declared by Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, based on the recommendation from B.C.’s wildfire and emergency management officials. It is in place for 14 days, but can be extended or called off as needed. The purpose is to ensure that resources are made available in a coordinated response to assist and protect residents.
According to Global News, as of August 14th, there were more than 560 wildfires burning in the province with 29 evacuation orders affecting approximately 3,050 people (1,521 properties), in addition to 48 evacuation alerts impacting approximately 18,720 people (9,359 properties).
More than 3,300 firefighters are actively fighting fires across the province.
Click here for information on relocating livestock during an emergency.