A provincial emergency was declared by British Columbia’s government on Tuesday after dozens of people were ordered to be evacuated after wildfires raged across the region, officials said.
Mike Farnsworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, announced, based on a recommendation from the British Columbia Wildfire Service and Emergency Management British Columbia, a news release said. The announcement will be in effect for two weeks and can be extended if necessary.
The state of emergency would allow provincial and local resources to be distributed in a coordinated response.
There are currently about 300 active wildfires in British Columbia and 14 have started in the past two days, according to government. Most of the fires are on the southern level of the Canadian province, near the borders of Washington and Montana. Wildfires in the past in Canada have forced officials in Minnesota to release an air quality alertaffecting most of the state.
Officials said the wildfire, which has drawn more than 3,000 firefighters and other personnel, has led to the evacuation of 40 people, affecting more than 5,700 people. Ninety-nine other evacuation alerts affected another 32,000 people.
“I have received information that we will face a few days of very tough weather in the interior,” Mr Farnsworth said in a statement. “This announcement will address the potential of the large-scale evacuation scenario and provide our government with the means to secure the housing spaces our citizens need to live, if necessary.”
The extended weather forecast called for continued hot and dry conditions with strong wind activity in interior and southeastern British Columbia, the release said. A large swath of the province was either subject to a high or extreme risk Beginning of forest fire.
official this month Precautionary measures announced To address safety concerns around extreme weather and wildfire risks, including reducing train speeds when temperatures are at least 86 degrees Fahrenheit and when the fire risk level for the area is “extreme.”