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August 15th, 2018
August 15th, 2018

Provincial State of Emergency

August 15, 2018

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For Immediate Release
Aug. 15, 2018
VICTORIA - The B.C. government has declared a provincial state of emergency to support the
provincewide response to the ongoing wildfire situation.
Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, made the declaration based on
the recommendation from B.C.´s wildfire and emergency management officials.
The state of emergency is initially in effect for 14 days once issued and may be extended or
rescinded as necessary. The state of emergency applies to the whole province and ensures
federal, provincial and local resources can be delivered in a co-ordinated response to protect
the public, which remains the provincial government´s top priority.
"Public safety is always our first priority, and as wildfire activity is expected to increase, this is a
progressive step in our wildfire response to make sure British Columbia has access to any and
all resources necessary," said Farnworth. "Taking this step will further ensure we can protect
the public, property and infrastructure, and assist with firefighting efforts."
As of Aug. 14, there were 566 wildfires burning in B.C., with 29 evacuation orders affecting
approximately 3,050 people (1,521 properties), in addition to 48 evacuation alerts impacting
approximately 18,720 people (9,359 properties). The extended weather forecast calls for
continued hot and dry condtions, with risk of thunderstorms in some parts of the province.
Currently, more than 3,372 firefighters and contractors are actively engaged in fighting fires in
all fire regions of the province. This includes 1,427 B.C. contract personnel, as well as 436 outof-province
personnel from Alberta, New Brunswick, Northwest Territories, Quebec,
Saskatchewan, Parks Canada, Australia, Mexico and New Zealand.
The federal government has responded to and accepted British Columbia´s request for
assistance. In the coming days, federal personnel and resources will be arriving in B.C. to assist
with wildfire efforts.
“Given the unpredictable behaviour of wildfires and the number of significant wildfires in all
areas of the province, we're bringing in the additional resources we need to keep people and
communities as safe as possible,” said Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural
Resource Operations and Rural Development. “We´re asking British Columbians to do their part
and follow burning bans and restrictions to prevent human-caused fires.”
The state of emergency gives agencies, such as the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource
Operations and Rural Development, Emergency Management BC, the fire commissioner and
the RCMP, the authority to take every action necessary to fight the wildfires and protect people
and communities.
Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General
Emergency Management BC
Connect with the Province of B.C. at: news.gov.bc.ca/connect
Media Relations
Emergency Management BC
1 800 565-2500
Quick Facts:
• Declarations of provincial states of emergency may be issued by the minister responsible
under the Emergency Program Act.
• The provincial government can extend the period of a declaration made by the minister
responsible for further periods of time.
• During the 2017 wildfire season, the Province was in a provincial state of emergency for
10 weeks from July 7 to Sept. 15.
• The last provincial declaration of state of emergency before the 2017 wildfire season was
issued in August 2003, to also deal with wildfires.
Learn More:
For information on evacuation orders and alerts, visit Emergency Info BC:
Keep up to date on the provincial wildfire situation: http://www.bcwildfire.ca

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