Wildfire Evacuees in Yellowknife May Return Home as Early as September 6th

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Residents of Yellowknife and the neighboring Yellowknives Dene First Nation, encompassing the communities of Ndilo and Dettah, have received word that they may be permitted to return to their homes as early as September 6th, providing that the threat of wildfires does not increase. This joint statement was released this past Friday, indicating that residents may begin their journey home starting at noon.

Expected later this afternoon is a press conference where government officials are set to discuss specifics about the forthcoming repatriation efforts. These details will likely include the initial services available upon return, how residents can plan their safe travel back home, as well as the continued support in Alberta for those Northwest Territories natives unable to return immediately due to health issues.

However, officials urge patience and caution. Shane Thompson, the territory’s Municipal and Community Affairs Minister, advises residents to remain in their current locations until the official evacuation order is rescinded on Wednesday.

Furthermore, Thompson also urges residents from Hay River, Fort Smith, Kakisa, K’atl’odeeche First Nation, and Enterprise who continue to be displaced by the wildfires, to avoid traveling to Yellowknife. He warns these communities that services will be restricted upon their arrival and there will be a lack of support for evacuees from other regions.

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