Provincial state of emergency to end on Tuesday

THE Province announced on Monday that based on advice from emergency management and wildfire officials, British Columbia’s provincial state of emergency, enacted to support provincial wildfire response, will expire at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, September 14 (Pacific time).

Cooler seasonal weather and precipitation, combined with the hard work of firefighters from B.C., Canada and abroad to contain and extinguish fires, means that B.C. can allow the state of emergency to end and return to a standard emergency response.

While the provincial state of emergency is no longer required, the wildfire season is not over. It is vital that the public remain prepared and follow the continued direction of local authorities.

The Province said it will continue to take every action necessary to respond to the ongoing wildfire situation and support the recovery of affected communities.

The state of emergency was declared on July 20, 2021, to ensure a co-ordinated response to wildfire activity and to ensure public safety in the province. It was extended three times over the weeks that followed.

As of September 13, 205 wildfires are burning in B.C., with three evacuation orders affecting approximately 223 properties and 12 evacuation alerts affecting approximately 254 properties. Overall this year, 1,585 fires burned 868,619 hectares in the province.

At the height of the summer, 3,631 personnel were helping fight the fires, including support from Mexico, Australia and across Canada. Approximately 32,000 people were displaced, and 19,807 people registered with Emergency Support Services.

Quick Facts

* Declarations of provincial states of emergency are issued by the minister responsible under the Emergency Program Act.

* This is a temporary measure authorized by the Emergency Program Act and may be extended or rescinded as needed.