July 23, 2021

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British Columbia declares state of emergency due to wildfire

Calibration Allows the government to consider the possible circumstances of mass evictions and provide the government with guidelines for providing shelter to evictees, Refers to the Minister.

The decision was made on the advice of the Provincial Emergency Service. Emergency BC., And fire service, BC Wildfire, Underscores the Minister. The state of emergency comes into effect at midnight on Tuesday.

Experts fear that the weather condition Difficult The next few days will make the situation worse. High, dry temperatures increase the risk of lightning, which is the source of most active fires in the province.

Firefighters are trying to contain the blaze, which started near Inkaneep Creek.

Photo: Presented by James Moore

Deployment of the Canadian Army

At the same time, Ottawa announced the deployment of 350 members of the Canadian Armed Forces, “in response to a request for assistance,” said National Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan.

These will help Turn off hot spots in a controlled fire and monitor the situation, He mentions in a tweet.

In early July, Canadian Armed Forces resources have already been sent to the province, including air personnel, supplies and equipment, both inside and outside the fire-affected areas.

A plume of smoke comes out of the forest near a lake.

Of the 292 fires active in the province, most were triggered by lightning.

Photo: BC Wildfire

Several voices were raised to establish the state of emergency

Earlier today, the municipality Williams Lake It added its voice to the voices of other communities calling for a state of emergency.

The move gives the province immediate powers to move matters, which could lead to security concerns and damage to property in different regions., Said Mayor Walt Kobe.

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There was Lake Williams Severely affected by the 2017 fires, He recalled. We know that it is necessary to have resources faster than days.

His request followed them, Created last week, Caribou Regional District, District 100 miles house And Thomson Nicola Regional District.

New Exit Orders

If their number decreases, The intensity of wildfires is increasing In the interior of the province.

On Tuesday, new eviction orders were issued in the Okanagan-Similkamen regional district, forcing the entire tribal community of Osoyos to evacuate.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police and search and rescue teams are helping to evacuate people quickly.

Minister Farnworth said all British Colombians should have an evacuation plan.