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CanadaHigh Level fire evacuees allowed to go home

22:00  02 june  2019
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‘It will ease a lot of the burden’: High Level fire evacuees eager to receive funds from province

‘It will ease a lot of the burden’: High Level fire evacuees eager to receive funds from province Adults are eligible for a one-time payment of $1,250 while dependent children can get $500 each. Evacuees can start applying for the funds Sunday. Alison Jacobsen incurred other expenses after she fled High Level on Monday with her family and an RV stuffed with supplies. “You can’t wait for a sale right now. If you need it, you buy it.” Jacobsen said the funds from the province will make a big difference, adding that it will help with paying off credit cards, buying fuel and keeping the RV generator running. “It will ease a lot of the burden,” she said.

"I don't know if the fire is going to make it to High Level . I don't know if the evacuation will last more An evacuation centre was set up in Slave Lake south of High Level . All evacuees were put in hotels and No homes have been damaged, and no injuries have been reported as a result of the fire , but

High Level is about 500 kilometres north of Slave Lake, which in turn is about 250 kilometres north The town is ensuring evacuees have the food, shelter and access to medical services they need, he "Having that little bit of understanding for what they are going through is helping us to provide for their

HIGH LEVEL, Alta. — Community officials say thousands of fire evacuees from High Level, Alta., as well as the surrounding areas of Mackenzie County and several Dene Tha' First Nation communities will be allowed to return home on Monday.

The announcement was made on the Town of High Level's Facebook page today, and was accompanied by a video with municipal leaders from the town, county and First Nation, along with Premier Jason Kenney.

High Level Mayor Crystal McAteer says in the video that while the mandatory evacuation order that has been in place for two weeks will be lifted, an evacuation alert will remain in place.

She says that means residents should be ready to leave again at short notice if the fire threat returns.

The Chuckegg Creek fire, which has been threatening the area and is the largest wildfire in the province, is close to 2,800 square kilometres in size and remains out of control.

More coming.

The Canadian Press

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