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Posted on: June 2, 2019

Welcome Home Monday!

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Town of High Level, Mackenzie County and Dene Tha’ First Nation

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Welcome Home Monday!

June 2, 2019

High Level and the surrounding area is re-opening its doors to welcome you back.

At 10 a.m. Monday, the mandatory evacuation order for High Level, the surrounding areas of Mackenzie County and the Dene Tha’ First Nation communities of Bushe River, Meander River and Chateh will be lifted and people will be allowed back into their homes. An evacuation alert will be put in place immediately.

Officials from the county, town and First Nation, along with their respective fire chiefs, in addition to Alberta Wildfire, have determined this area is relatively safe from the fire. This could change, if the weather changes.

We know you’re eager to come home, but please drive carefully and arrive after 10 a.m. so you don’t have to wait in a line of vehicles.

What will happen when you get to town?

When you arrive from the east on Highway 58, you will be greeted by officials and receive a re-entry package with key information, including:

  • how to flush your taps to clear stagnant water
  • how and where to get rid of spoiled food and fridge contents
  • First: Feel free to head home check it out.
  • Then: Read through the re-entry package to find out details about:
  • garbage disposal
  • how to get help with health concerns
  • what firefighting equipment you may see

The hospital, grocery stores, banks and gas stations are ready for you.

The town hall is open, but it is still very active as a centre for fire operations, so people with urgent issues will be our priority.

If you come home after 8 p.m. on the first day, please visit the town hall to pick up a re-entry package.

Please: High Level, Bushe River and the area surrounding High Level, will immediately placed under evacuation alert. Please ensure you have a full tank of gas and supplies to last you several days while you are here. The wildfire remains very active and unpredictable. Smoke may be very thick for days and weeks to come, and ash may be falling. Other communities are being evacuated and may need our help.

Remember: Stay vigilent. Stay safe. The wildfire is still burning. Let’s make sure we get back home safely.

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