British Columbia’s prime minister vowed to continue supporting tourism amid hopes that a recovery will be launched by the governor of the province as hundreds of wildfires broke out.

John Horgan’s remarks came less than 12 hours after a Southeast Fire Department declared a state of emergency because of wildfires in the province.

When the state of emergency has gone through, there has been a flood of cancellations.

“We’ve got many, many weeks ahead of us,”John Horgan

‘We’ve got many, many weeks ahead of us,’ Horgan said, adding that the province would accept any assistance that other jurisdictions can offer.

Officials are in talks with the U.S. and Australia on possible assistance in fighting fires, but COVID-19 and the situation with forest fires in other countries limit the assistance available.

Five are located at the Southwest Fire Center.

Penticton is just north of the wildfires that triggered evacuation orders for the communities of Okanagan Falls, Oliver and Osoyoos.

Thirty-nine of these fires are classified as especially significant.

John Horgan

John Joseph Horgan is a Canadian politician who has served as the 36th and current premier of British Columbia since 2017. (wikipedia)

Lytton wildfire

The Lytton Fire, also known as the Lytton Creek Fire, is an ongoing wildfire that started on June 30, 2021, just south of the village of Lytton in British Columbia, Canada. (wikipedia)

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British Columbia

British Columbia is the westernmost province of Canada, situated between the Pacific Ocean and the Rocky Mountains. With an estimated population of 5.1 million as of 2021, (wikipedia)