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Fort McMurray evacuation

When I arrived the first time I was taken aback by the devastation. Rows of charred trees, businesses and entire blocks of homes destroyed. The smell of smoke still lingered in the air. This time, I see full parking lots, line-ups at grocery stores, people going about their lives like they did before the fires.
"I didn't want to have my baby anywhere else."
Ten per cent of the city was destroyed.
The apartment building was evacuated Monday morning.
Evacuees have started to return to the city.
Here's who gets in when.
This week's return is a welcome end to the wait for things to begin turning around. But it also a beginning -- the very important beginning to the rebuilding of their vibrant community. The road ahead, after all, will be difficult. Much of the city has been burned to the ground -- though, thankfully, not nearly as much as had been feared -- and much rebuilding remains.
"We would not do this if it was not safe to do so."
The premier also thanked first responders.