Wildfire near Fort Nelson, B.C., is being held, as evacuation order ends

By Ashley Joannou
The Canadian Press in Yahoo! News
May 27, 2024
Category: Forest Fires
Region: United States

FORT NELSON, B.C. — Rain and the efforts of firefighters have brought some relief from wildfires in British Columbia’s northeast. More than 100 fires continue to burn in B.C., but evacuation orders that forced thousands to flee Fort Nelson more than two weeks ago lifted Monday, residents began returning home, and the blaze that threatened the town has been deemed no longer out of control. The Alaska Highway reopened, while 400 kilometres to the south a separate evacuation alert affecting the Doig River First Nation community ended. The Northern Rockies Regional Municipality, that includes Fort Nelson and the Fort Nelson First Nation, jointly rescinded evacuation orders at 8 a.m., lifting roadblocks and clearing the way for people to go home, 17 days after they were ordered to flee as the Parker Lake wildfire came within a few kilometres of town. The fire is now classified as “being held.”

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