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Paddle Prairie residents given green light to return home

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Around 280 people from the Paddle Prairie Métis Settlement being housed in Grande Prairie can soon return home.

Grande Prairie Regional Emergency Partnership officials have confirmed that as of 1 p.m. on June 20th, roadblocks will be removed and people can go home. They also say that residents are not in immediate danger, however, people may still be able to smell smoke in the community for the remainder of the summer.

Residents have been fed and housed in the city since the evacuation order came into place on May 29th due to the Chuckegg Creek Wildfire. Around 15 homes in the community have been destroyed by the fire.

When people get home they will be required to check in at the Paddle Prairie Métis Settlement Arena where they will be given cleaning kits and supplies.

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Residents are reminded not to turn on natural gas appliances until they have been inspected and they will also need to flush taps for 20 to 30 minutes.

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