Premier of British Columbia Christy Clark also praised the "exemplary work," of forestry and firefighting crews battling raging wildfires - AFP/Chris Jackson
Montreal, July 10, 2017: British Columbia has freed up Can$100 million to help thousands of people displaced by raging wildfires, the Canadian province said on Sunday.
Announcement of the aid comes one day after the westernmost Canadian province declared a state of emergency because of the fires.
Christy Clark, the province's premier, said the funds are being provided "so that all possible tools are available to fight the fires and protect families and communities."
She added: "I want to ensure our government is doing everything possible to provide support during such a devastating time for so many British Columbians."
About 1,000 firefighters are battling the blaze, which officials said has led to the evacuation of some 7,500 people.
Clark also praised the "exemplary work," of forestry and firefighting crews battling the blaze, as well as those in the general public who have provided support to those fleeing the inferno.
Hot, dry weather has fueled scores of raging fires in British Columbia, and Environment Canada has said much of southern part of the province is under threat.
Clark also announced plans to travel Sunday to one of the affected areas to meet with emergency officials and families.