Officials in the Northwest Territories stressed in a briefing on Monday that there is no date yet in terms of when residents will finally be able to return home amid the ongoing wildfires, but laid out a five-stage process that will be followed when that time comes.
Jay Boast, information officer for the territory’s Emergency Management Organization, said that there was no information for when emergency officials would declare the fire under control or when governments and the territory would welcome residents back. But he added efforts have been made since evacuations were complete on plans for that return.
“It was a monumental task to get everyone out, and it’s going to require a thoughtful and staged approach to bring everyone back,” he said.
Once emergency crews and officials with Environment and Climate Change inform the territory that the fire is deemed under control, this will begin the five-step process, but he cautioned the timing would differ from “one community to another.”
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