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Fire state of emergency extended in Canada

British Columbia's government has taken the unprecedented step of extending a state of emergency by two weeks as it battles 140 wildfires that have forced about 45,000 people from their homes.
"Traditionally when an emergency is declared people are usually back in their homes within the two-week period. That may not be the case for many individuals," the Canadian province's premier, John Horgan, said on Wednesday.
On July 7, the Canadian province declared its first state of emergency since 2003 as gusty winds fanned fires that were caused by lightning and humans in the tinder-dry central and southern regions.
Canadian military aircraft have joined thousands of firefighters from as far away as Australia to battle the fires.
On Wednesday, 140 fires were raging in the province, down from 163 on Sunday due to cooler, less windy conditions.
About 353,000ha has been burnt since the beginning of the wildfire season in April.
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