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B.C. state of emergency over

Last Updated Sep 7, 2018 at 12:15 pm PDT

FILE: The Shovel Lake wildfire burns on a mountain behind a home near Fort Fraser, B.C., on Thursday August 23, 2018. Government statistics indicate this year's wildfire season is the second worst in British Columbia's history, burning 945 square kilometres of land. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

The state of emergency, in place since August 15, has been lifted

Thousands still under evacuation orders across B.C.

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – The province has ended the state of emergency that was in place because of the wildfires burning across B.C.

The government says the cooler weather and progress in containing the wildfires means the state of emergency is no longer needed. The changes in weather mean the wildfire-fighting resources can be used on the remaining fires.

The emergency has been in place since Aug. 15, and has been extended once. More than 1.3 million hectares have been burned to date. As of this morning, there are still 485 wildfires burning in B.C.

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Many people displaced because of the wildfires will be heading home this week as more evacuation orders are lifted. Thousands are still affected by other evacuation orders.

Last year’s provincial state of emergency was the first since August 2003.