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Skeetchestn First Nation to return home

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August 21, 2017 - 9:35 AM

SKEETCHESTN - As of noon today, Skeetchestn First Nation will be allowed home after an evacuation order in the area was downgraded.

In a Facebook post, Skeetchestn Indian Band says residents will be coming home this afternoon, Aug. 21.

Red Cross will be on site to provide re-entry packages to residents. The band says a bus will be leaving from the Sandman Centre in Kamloops today to bring residents home.

Red Cross will be in the Skeetchesn Indian Band gym and council room to make sure residents have the proper cleaning supplies for their home, and allow residents to register for re-entry money.

For more information on the re-entry, go here.

Band members were forced out of their homes on Aug. 4 after winds began blowing the Elephant Hill wildfire south.

The wildfire which started near Ashcroft has been burning for more than one month, and has reached a size of more than 168,000 hectares.

For the latest information on the size and activity of the fire, go here.

Evacuation alerts and orders can change at a moment's notice. For the most accurate and timely information, go here or follow @TNRD on Twitter.

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