September 1, 2017 / 8:21 PM / 3 years ago

British Columbia extends wildfire emergency for fourth time

FILE PHOTO: A wildfire burns north east of the town of Cache Creek, British Columbia, Canada on July 18, 2017. REUTERS/Ben Nelms/File Photo

(Reuters) - The Canadian province of British Columbia has extended a state of emergency for a fourth time until Sept. 15 due to wildfires raging across the region, the provincial government said on Friday.

Since early summer, firefighters and emergency services have been battling hundreds of blazes across British Columbia that have forced as many as 45,000 people from their homes and burned more than 894,000 hectares (2.2 million acres).

Reporting by Ethan Lou in Calgary, Alberta; Editing by Jonathan Oatis

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