More than 24,000 Albertans have been forced from their homes by the threat of wildfires. On Saturday, the province declared a state of emergency.

“The number of fires and evacuations has increased again and we must put the safety of Albertans first,” Premier Danielle Smith said on Twitter late in the evening.

On Saturday, 110 fires were burning in Alberta, 32 of which were out of control. The province has declared a state of emergency to give itself more power to fight the many fires that have broken out in recent days.

“We can all help fight wildfires and their aftermath by following all fire bans and other restrictions, cooperating with and following local authorities, and showing understanding and kindness to others. ‘for those around us,’ Ms. Smith added.

A total of 24,000 people have been forced from their homes amid the threat of wildfires raging in central and northern parts of the province. More than 5,000 other residents stand ready to evacuate.

By declaring a state of emergency, the government will be able to access additional funds and mobilize additional support in the fight against the fires.

Already, some buildings have been destroyed by the flames, including 20 homes, a police station and a store in Fox Lake. Since the start of the year, 350,000 hectares have burned across the province.

According to Radio-Canada, nearly 80 firefighters from Ontario and Quebec were to arrive in Alberta on Saturday to support the fight against the numerous fires.

“This is a difficult and stressful time for many Albertans, and I want to thank each and every one of you for helping where you can,” said Danielle Smith.