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September 24, 2017 12:35 pm

State of Emergency Likely to be Lifted This Week

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 @ 1:34 PM

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.”

 

 

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