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Brith Columbia’s state of emergency extended again

Staff Writer |
Brith Columbia’s wildfire-driven provincial state of emergency has been formally extended again, through the end of day on September 15, 2017.

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This is the fourth time the state of emergency has been extended, with previous extensions on July 19, August 4, and August 18.

The state of emergency declaration will continue to apply to the whole province. This ensures that federal, provincial and local resources can be delivered in a co-ordinated response to the wildfire situation and continue to ensure public safety, which remains the provincial government’s top priority.

As well, the Province remains committed to provide ongoing, direct financial support to evacuees, with $600-per-household funding, which will be renewed every 14 days until evacuees return home. Eligible small businesses affected by the fires can also now receive a $1,500 emergency grant through the Canadian Red Cross and Province.

Here are 160 wildfires burning in B.C, with 16 evacuation orders affecting approximately 3,622 individuals, plus 39 evacuation alerts impacting approximate 13, 670 people.

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