State of Emergency Likely to be Lifted This Week
Prince George, B.C.- While the wildfires continue to flare in the southeast, it is expected the Provincial State of Emergency will not be renewed at the end of this week.
Executive Director of Emergency Management BC Chris Duffy says the improving conditions in the wildfire situation will allow services to wind down ” I expect we will see a reduction in activation levels status towards the end of this week and slowly tapering that down.”
Duffy says it’s been a long, arduous summer for the Emergency Operation Centres “It’s day 137 for our staff , so some folks are looking forward to that (winding down) potential.”
There are still 12 evacuation orders in place in the province, with an estimated 3202 people out of their homes.
The Canadian Armed Forces and RCMP are in discussion with Emergency Management B.C. about standing down and the redeployment of their resources. “I envision that will be a phased transition for the Canadian Armed Forces assets” says Duffy “I would like to thank the Federal Government and Canadian Armed Forces for the sustained efforts and professionalism over a long protracted campaign, this assistance was invaluable to British Columbia.”
Major Jeff Allen “As far as the actual redeployment plan, we are just working on that over the next few days, and we will extricate resources based on requirements from the RCMP, BC Wildfire Services and the Provincial Government.”