Picture this: It's 3 in the afternoon on a hot August day. It' supposed be sunny and bright, the kids playing outside should be enjoying the last weeks of summer before school starts.
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Instead, everything is dark and grey. It's the middle of the afternoon, but the smoke is so thick, it feels like dusk. The sky is so gloomy, you have to drive around with your headlights on to be safe.
Across the province of B.C residents have been living under these conditions for days, even weeks.
As of August 14th, 566 wildfires are burning in B.C, and 29 evacuation orders have been given, affecting approximately 3,050 people.
As a result of these ongoing fires, the province of B.C has officially declared a state of emergency.
Evacuation alerts will continue throughout the region. If you have friends or family in the area, they can turn to Emergency Info B.C website to find out about the most recent evacuation alerts. Or you can follow the B.C Wildfire Service Twitter page for the latest updates and information.
The weather forecast looks bleak for the upcoming days, it will continue to be dry and hot in most parts of the province, with only specific regions expecting precipitation.
More updates to come.