BC's state of emergency set to end Friday at midnight

Sep 15 2017, 9:26 pm

After an unprecedented and record-setting wildfire season in BC, a provincial state-of-emergency that was issued more than two months ago is set to end Friday at midnight.

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However, the province is still warning people to be wary of the ever-present fire risk.

In fact, in a release issued Friday, the provincial government said that as of Friday morning, there are still 153 wildfires burning in BC, with 11 evacuation orders affecting approximately 3,152 individuals.

This in addition to 23 evacuation alerts affecting approximately 5,762 people.

The state of emergency was declared on July 7, 2017, and was extended four times over the nine weeks that followed.

Prior to this summer, it was August 2003 when the province last issued a state of emergency in response to the wildfires.