B.C. declares state of emergency over wildfires

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Under a state of emergency, the province is granted several additional powers that it does not possess under normal circumstances.

The last time B.C. had declared a state of emergency prior to previous year was August 2003 to deal with wildfires.

There are now 566 wildfires burning across B.C., prompting 29 evacuation orders that have forced about 3,050 people to flee from their homes.

Farnworth, who is also the province's solicitor general, said the emergency was declared based on recommendations from the BC Wildfire Service and emergency management officials.

The provincial wildfire service says more than 1,800 wildfires have been recorded since April 1, destroying about 3.800-square kilometres of brush.

It applies to the entire province and ensures federal, provincial and local resources can be delivered in a coordinated response to protect the public.

On Monday, the federal government announced it is stepping up to help fight the fires. Skrepnek said majority would likely be sent to the Okanagan to help with wildfire mop-up.

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In fact, lightning has already sparked more than 1,300 wildfires in B.C. this year, which is more than any year since 2009. At the same time previous year, the agency had spent $332 million.

An evacuation order west of the Nanaimo Lakes fire, which is holding at 182 hectares and is 50 per cent contained, has been downgraded to an alert, while the evacuation alert was lifted Saturday for properties east of the fire.

"In the town site we saw the random nature of forest fires ... there'd be a house standing and three doors down there'd be a house totally destroyed, all that was left was the foundation and some twisted and melted metal", he said.

"This year we are dealing with fires all over the province, whereas last year they were concentrated in a number of areas, the Cariboo for example". It advised children, the elderly and those with heart and lung conditions to limit their exposure.

More wildfires sparked over the weekend, with almost 600 burning across B.C.

"Rain is going to be absolutely critical".

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