Province-wide state of emergency declared:BC

A province-wide state of emergency has been declared in British Columbia after dozens of new wildfires destroyed buildings and forced thousands of people from their homes.

Officials say 183 fires are currently burning and most of those are considered to be out of control.

Evacuation orders have been issued for the communities of:
Ashcroft, Cache Creek, Princeton, 105 Mile House and 108 Mile House.

Transportation Minister Todd Stone said that declaring an emergency is necessary for coordinating the crisis response and ensuring public safety.
The last time B.C. declared a state of emergency was in 2003, also because of wildfires.