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Residents in Alberta village evacuated due to forest fire allowed back home

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VALLEYVIEW, Alta. - Residents of remote community in northwest Alberta have been allowed to return to their homes nearly a week after they left because of a nearby forest fire.

The Municipal District of Greenview says the 10 or so residents could go back as of 6 p.m. Monday, but told them they must be ready to leave on two-hour notice.

The district says it will be contacting residents to tell them they can return home, and arrange transportation if necessary.

A state of local emergency remains in effect and Two Lakes Road remains closed.

The district says the evacuation zone is the same as it was on July 15, when the district ordered the residents to leave, except for the settlement of Nose Creek.

It says there are currently five active fires within the municipality and all but the Red Deer Creek fire is classified as being held.

On the Alberta side of the boundary with British Columbia, the Red Deer Creek fire is being held at the Narraway River, but is considered out of control in B.C.

The total size of the fire is estimated at 348 square kilometres, and the Alberta part is about 30 square kilometres.

Alberta Health Services has issued an air quality advisory for the north zone, including Greenview, due to smoke from the fires.

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