FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. — Wildfire evacuees have started returning to Fort McMurray, about a month after a huge wildfire forced more than 80,000 residents to flee. Officials have warned it won't be business as usual for a while. Here's what returning residents have been advised to bring with them:
— Enough food, drinking water and prescription medication to last up to 14 days. A boil-water advisory continues to be in effect and stores are still being cleaned up and restocked.
— N-95 dust masks to reduce smoke exposure. The masks are available at hardware stores and one per household will be included in the Canadian Red Cross cleaning kits available at information centres.
Polo Quijnones scrubs his home after returning to fire-ravaged Fort McMurray. (Photo: Codie McLachlan/CP)
— Appropriate clothing, including boots, long pants, a long-sleeved shirt and gloves.
— A camera to document any damage for insurance purposes.
— A flashlight, as some homes may not have power.
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