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BC declares state of emergency as wildfires grow

July 22, 2021  By  Ellen Cools

The government of British Columbia has declared a state of emergency as wildfires in the province continue to grow.

According to CP24, the state of emergency went into effect on Wednesday, July 21, and gives government agencies, the fire commissioner and the RCMP the authority to take any action necessary to fight the wildfires and protect communities.

Currently, 40 evacuation orders have been issued, along with 69 evacuation alerts. More than 3,000 firefighters from across Canada are fighting the fires, and 100 firefighters are set to arrive from Mexico on Saturday, July 24.

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