The province of British Columbia has declared a state of emergency, due to the number of wildfires and the residents affected.
The state of emergency was declared yesterday by the Minister of Public Safety Mike Farnworth.
There are over 560 wildfires, and over 3000 people have been affected by evacuation orders.
With over 560 fires now burning, BC continues to experience heightened #BCwildfire activity. 3370 personnel are supporting ongoing wildfire response efforts. As much of BC is in a high to extreme fire danger rating, please remain vigilant and do your part to prevent wildfires. pic.twitter.com/w2lgh5aCmj
— BC Wildfire Service (@BCGovFireInfo) August 15, 2018
Keep up-to-date with the most current #BCWildfire and evacuation information:
– Interactive Map: https://t.co/IcXWeXv14p
– Report wildfires by calling 1-800-663-555 or *5555 on mobile pic.twitter.com/9fY4BA8AUR
— BC Government News (@BCGovNews) July 19, 2018
Since the start of the fire season in BC on April 1st, crews have battled over 1800 fires.
Over 3300 BC Wildfire Service personnel are continuing to support the ongoing efforts.