Evacuation order lifted for Fort Chipewyan as residents return home

The evacuation order is being lifted for Fort Chipewyan.

Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, Mikisew Cree First Nation and the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo with support from the Fort Chipewyan Métis Nation are coming together to lift all orders.

The community was evacuated on May 30 due to what is now called the Rocky River Fire.

The RMWB says essential services have been restored in the hamlet, and the community is ready to welcome people home.

The Nations are contacting everyone with their flight information and the time they should check in. Anyone who hasn’t received a call or has questions should contact their Nation or The Pulse.

If you are travelling by boat, you are advised to leave today as the river will be patrolled until 7 p.m. tonight, and free gas will only be available to community members today.

Vulnerable community members who may require special transportation, support, or considerations will return in the final phase of re-entry, which is set to begin this weekend.

The RMWB closed the community gathering site at the Snye last night with the Dene Drummers from Meander Lake and a final closing prayer.

The municipality is extending its thanks to everyone who supported the activities and all the community members who joined and spent time together.

Alberta Wildfire is expressing their gratitude and appreciation for all the assistance they have received from the local community, across the province, and internationally.

Transportation and other re-entry details may be found on the RMWB website.

The Municipality is also asking everyone returning to please review their Returning Home Guide, Luggage Guide, and Pet Guide.

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