BREAKING: British Columbia has declared a province-wide state of emergency

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With wild fires burning out of control B.C. has declared a province wide state of emergency that gives agencies such as Emergency Management BC, the fire commissioner, the Ministry of Forests and Natural Resources and the RCMP the authority to take “every action necessary” to fight these wildfires.

VIA CTV:

A province-wide state of emergency has been declared in British Columbia as wildfires burn out of control across much of the Interior and Cariboo region, forcing thousands of people out of their homes.

The province estimates that 3,000 households have been evacuated across the Cariboo region as well as in Princeton and Ashcroft. They’re being sent to centres in Kamloops, Williams Lake and Prince George.

“The situation has escalated. It is a serious situation and the province is bringing to bear all the resources we have available,” John Rustand, the B.C. minister of forests, said at a press conference Saturday afternoon.

Chief fire information officer with the BC Wildfire Serivce Kevin Skrepnek said 182 fires were burning across the province as of Saturday morning. More than 140 of those broke out on Friday.

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