Canadian government declare state of emergency as wildfires cause evacuations

The Canadian province of British Columbia (B.C.) declared a state of emergency late Friday as raging wildfires caused 15,000 people to evacuate and 20,000 were put on evacuation alert.

‘In just the last 24 hours, the situation has evolved and deteriorated quite rapidly in just the last hour,’ B.C. Premier David Eby said at a news conference.

‘Tonight, as a result of this rapid deterioration, we are declaring a provincial state of emergency,’ he said. ‘It communicates to people across the province the seriousness of the deteriorating situation we are facing.’

Source: Somali National News Agency