Wildfire Situation Pushes Province To Declare Provincial State Of Emergency

July 9 12:30AM

To see the difference 16 hours makes click on the map graphic below. It is an animation with two frames: 9AM July 8 and 12:30AM July 9.

July 8

The reported number of new fires has grown.
When the s-o-e was declared yesterday the reported number of new fires that day was 56: today they are saying it’s more like 138.

The Interactive Fire Map was down due to too many users trying to use it but there was a redirect to a non-interactive fire map. This is a snap shot of that map from this morning. (Click on the image for a larger view)

July 7, 2017

In response to the rapid increase in wildfires (56 new fires today) and evacuations of communities and the promise of more hot, dry, weather with thunderstorms the Provincial government has declared a province wide state of emergency.

The last time there was a province wide state of emergency was in 2003 which many remember as a bad year for wildfires.

From the Minister of Transportation’s statement:

Today alone there have been 56 new wildfire starts throughout the province. Evacuation alerts and orders have been issued for Ashcroft, Cache Creek and Princeton. These are in addition to the evacuation orders and alerts issued yesterday for 105 Mile House and 108 Mile House. The extended weather forecast is calling for continued hot, dry weather, with risks of thunderstorms in many parts of the province.

To report a wildfire or irresponsible behaviour call 1 800 663-5555 or *5555 from a cell phone.

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