VANCOUVER Chris Wagner Islanders Jersey , Sept. 15 (Xinhua) -- The government of Canada's British Columbia (BC) province announced on Friday to lift a provincial state of emergency over the record wildfires declared more than two months ago.
"While the extraordinary powers of the provincial state of emergency are no longer required, the wildfire season is not over," the BC government said in a news release.
"It is vital that the public remain prepared and follow the continued direction of local authorities," it said.
However, the provincial government also said there are still 153 fires burning in the province Cal Clutterbuck Islanders Jersey , and 11 evacuation orders are in place affecting more than 3,000 people.
The state of emergency was declared on July 7 after dozens of out-of-control wildfires broke out in the province's interior areas, forcing thousands of people evacuating from their homes.
At the peak of the record wildfires, Canadian Armed Forces and equipment were deployed to support evacuation efforts and relieve.
Meanwhile, the Canadian federal government created a new ad hoc cabinet committee to co-ordinate its response to the fires Mathew Barzal Islanders Jersey , including recovery and rebuilding efforts.
More than 11,700 square kilometres of land has been charred since April 1, which the government said is the largest area burned in the province's history.
Over 510 million Canadian dollars (413 million U.S. dollar) have been used to fight against the flames so far this year as fires continue to burn out of control in southeastern British Colombia.
The federal and provincial governments announced a 20-million Canadian dollar (16.2 million U.S. dollars) fund would be made available to farmers to help replace lost breeding animals and restore damaged lands, while additional money would be provided to small businesses that lost revenue due to a drop in tourism, evacuations and road closures.
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