Preparations underway to welcome more B.C. wildfire evacuees home

A helicopter is used to battle a wildfire burning on the top of a mountain near Ashcroft, B.C., on July 10, 2017. (Darryl Dyck / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

By The Canadian Press, July 25, 2017 

KAMLOOPS, B.C. — The mayor of Williams Lake, B.C., says the city is ready to welcome thousands of residents home, as soon as fire officials give the okay.

About 10,000 residents of the Interior city were forced to leave more than a week ago when flames from several wildfires threatened to cut highway access.

Mayor Walt Cobb says some people have since been allowed back in to help get grocery stores, the hospital and other services ready for the looming re-entry.

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