Evacuation ends in Tumbler Ridge, B.C., as fires still displace thousands over Canada

Residents forced out by a wildfire last week in the northeastern British Columbia community of Tumbler Ridge were allowed to return home Thursday thanks to recent rain and favourable winds, although thousands of people remain displaced because of blazes across the country. More than 2,000 people had been ordered to leave Tumbler Ridge when a fast-moving wildfire encroached on the town. A statement on the District of Tumbler Ridge website says an evacuation alert will remain in place indefinitely, “and residents are reminded to be ready to evacuate the area with little notice should the need be determined.” Residents were told to leave on June 8 when the West Kiskatinaw wildfire threatened to overrun the community. Recent rain and a change in winds calmed the wildfire, although it remains classified…

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