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Eby releases statement on wildfire situation

BC Premier David Eby released a statement today on the state of the wildfire situation in the province.

He says his heart is with the people, communities and First Nations adversely affected by wildfires.

Eby says that we need everyone to stay alert. That’s done by listening to local authorities, being prepared for evacuation, following evacuation orders, and looking out for one another.

He says decisions around evacuation orders are not made lightly and that he knows some people have lost their homes and many more that are being asked to evacuate without knowing what they’ll find when it’s safe to return.

As the battle against the blaze continues, Eby says it’s important that people support the heroic work of emergency workers by allowing them to do their work and get where they need to go.

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The full statement reads as follows:

“Our hearts are with the people, communities and First Nations adversely affected by wildfires in B.C. It was a devastating evening fighting fires and working to protect people and homes, with extremely difficult and rapidly evolving conditions continuing today.

“The situation is volatile. We know some people have lost their homes and many more are being asked to evacuate, not knowing what they’ll find when it’s safe to return. Decisions around evacuation orders are not made lightly.

“We need everyone to stay alert. If you live in a wildfire-impacted area, listen to local authorities, be prepared for an evacuation, follow evacuation orders and look out for one another. We must do our part to make sure emergency workers can do their work and get to where they need to go. Together, we can help keep each other safe and support the heroic work of B.C.’s firefighters and emergency officials.

“The battle continues today to protect people and communities around British Columbia. I want to thank the firefighters and resource crews, First Nations and local government leaders who are working tirelessly to keep everyone safe.

“People in our province stand together in tough times, and our government is here to support now and in the coming days and weeks.”

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