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4 homes lost to wildfire near Fort Nelson, mayor says

Evacuation orders remain in place around northern community, despite recent rain aiding efforts
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A view of the Parker Lake wildfire near Fort Nelson, B.C. is shown on Monday, May 13, 2024 in a BC Wildfire Service handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-BC Wildfire Service

The Mayor of British Columbia香蕉视频直播檚 Northern Rockies Regional Municipality says four homes have been lost and six other properties have been damaged by a wildfire that forced the evacuation of Fort Nelson more than a week ago.

Rob Fraser says three of the four homes were occupied and one was vacant, but he香蕉视频直播檚 been able to speak with most of the owners whose properties have been damaged.

Fraser says the affected properties were on the outskirts of Fort Nelson, and the six others saw damage to sheds, shops and vehicles.

The mayor says there香蕉视频直播檚 been no official word on when it will be safe for residents to return as the BC Wildfire Service waits until it香蕉视频直播檚 certain that the Parker Lake wildfire is 香蕉视频直播渂urning away from the community.香蕉视频直播

Fraser says returning 香蕉视频直播渆ssential services香蕉视频直播 will be the first step in allowing residents to return home, including medical staff, grocery stores, gas stations and school board officials.

He says any potential return is still completely weather dependent, and despite recent rain, firefighters have told him the fireline is dry enough to compare to 香蕉视频直播渨alking on potato chips.香蕉视频直播

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In an update posted late Saturday, the municipality said forecasted rain has provided 香蕉视频直播渁 window for progress,香蕉视频直播 but problematic drought conditions remain.

Fire crews have also placed 香蕉视频直播渟tructural protection measures香蕉视频直播 on 200 homes in Fort Nelson, and crews are being aided by both helicopters and heavy equipment, the update said.

The Patry Creek wildfire to the north of the town doesn香蕉视频直播檛 pose an immediate threat, but the municipality warned the situation could change rapidly in the event of strong northerly winds.

Both Highway 97 and Highway 77 remain closed due to wildfires, but residents are now allowed to apply for permits allowing them to re-enter the town if they need to feed livestock or maintain critical infrastructure.

Fraser said Sunday that fire experts have indicated a re-entry plan would likely be on a 14-day timetable, but there are 香蕉视频直播渢oo many variables香蕉视频直播 to give people a solid answer on when it will be safe to return.

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