BC extends state of emergency
By Ellen Cools
The B.C. government has extended the state of emergency related to the wildfire situation in the province until Sept. 14, 2021.
“Things are trending in the right direction, but we must remain alert and aware of the fires still burning and the potential for others to start,” said Mike Farnworth, B.C. Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, in a statement. “Extending this state of emergency recognizes that the potential for significant wildfire activity persists, even as the nights get longer and the days cool down a bit, so I urge British Columbians to continue to be vigilant.”
As of Aug. 31, 233 wildfires were burning in the province, with 21 evacuation orders in place and 77 evacuation alerts.