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Evacuees urged to wait for all-clear before returning home

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Information bulletin from the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, July 13:

VICTORIA – The Province asks wildfire evacuees to continue to heed evacuation orders and alerts, and thanks communities outside fire zones that are hosting affected individuals, pets and livestock.

While thick smoke appears to be clearing in some areas, the wildfire situation remains dynamic. Residents and other evacuees are urged to wait until they receive official notice from their local authority that it is safe to return home. Local officials will not keep people out any longer than is absolutely necessary – but public safety is and must remain the top priority.

Wildfire crews remain focused on protecting communities, infrastructure and natural resources. Violating an evacuation order can detract from these vital, ongoing efforts if first responders need to divert resources to rescue people who’ve chosen to stay behind.

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