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Provincial state of emergency lifted

But officials warn that wildfire season is not yet over
The Ross Moore Lake fire is estimated at 11,300 hectares in size and is now being held. The lighting-sparked fire was discovered about 24 kilometres south of Kamloops on July 21 and had moved to within 10 kilometres of the southern boundary of the city.

The wildfire-related provincial state of emergency has ended, but officials are reminding the public that the forest fire season is not over.

The provincial government lifted the state of emergency on Thursday, Sept. 14, as various wildfires have been held and contained and temperatures have cooled.

As of Thursday, about 370 people in B.C. are on evacuation order and more than 18,000 are on evacuation alert. These numbers were much higher in previous weeks.

"While the provincial state of emergency is no longer required, the wildfire season is not over," Emergency Management Minster Bowinn Ma said. "Many communities still have local states of emergency in place and the expiration of the provincial state of emergency does not impact wildfire-fighting resources or our ability to continue to provide emergency supports to communities. In particular, conditions continue to be very challenging in northern B.C., with 125 active fires in the Prince George Fire Centre, and the province will continue to surge resources into the North as required."

There are 600 out-of-province personnel helping fight fires in B.C.