Fort McMurray Residents Return In Stages

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FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. — A phased re-entry for fire evacuees from Fort McMurray and nearby communities began Wednesday. People who lost their homes to the northern Alberta fire may want to inspect their property and salvage belongings. Those with houses still standing are advised to do a thorough cleaning and toss out rotting food. Here's a list of who gets in when:

Wednesday: People from Fort McMurray's Lower Townsite, including the downtown, as well as from the nearby communities of Anzac, Fort McMurray 468 First Nation and Gregoire Lake Estates.

Thursday: People living on the north side of Fort McMurray in the neighbourhoods of Parsons Creek, Stone Creek, Timberlea, Eagle Ridge and Dickensfield.

Friday: Residents of north-central and south Fort McMurray in the neighbourhoods of Thickwood, Wood Buffalo, Gregoire, Prairie Creek and Saprae Creek Estates.

Saturday: There are different scenarios for residents of south-central Fort McMurray in some of the hardest-hit neighbourhoods. People from Grayling Terrace and Draper are to return as scheduled.

However, as many as 2,000 people with undamaged homes in Waterways, Abasand and Beacon Hill have been told it is unsafe for them to move back right away.

Government officials expect the return for most evacuees to be completed by June 15.

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