Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Lengthy Wildfire Evacuation for Telegraph Creek, B.C., to Lift by Nov. 15

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Lengthy Wildfire Evacuation for Telegraph Creek, B.C., to Lift by Nov. 15

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Long-term wildfire evacuation ends in B.C.

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TELEGRAPH CREEK, B.C. - An evacuation is finally coming to an end for residents of a small community in northwestern British Columbia, three months after wildfires forced them to flee.

Tahltan Emergency Operations Centre director Feddie Louis says residents of Telegraph Creek will be allowed to return to the village, more than 400 kilometres north of Prince Rupert, beginning Nov. 15.

She says in a news release that it's hoped everyone will be back by Dec. 20 but specific return dates will depend on when each home as been "cleaned of smoke damage and refurbished."

The Alkali Lake wildfire broke out Aug. 1 and within days had spread to merge with three other wildfires to create a massive blaze that charred 1,200 square kilometres. …

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