British Columbia: Residents of Fort Nelson are returning home after a two-week evacuation due to the Parker Lake wildfire. The Northern Rockies Regional Municipality and the Fort Nelson First Nation lifted evacuation orders at 8 a.m., allowing 4,700 residents to return. The wildfire, which destroyed four homes and damaged six properties, had forced the evacuation on May 10. Mayor Rob Fraser urged patience amid expected heavy traffic on the highway to Fort St. John, where many evacuees stayed. Despite the return, evacuation alerts remain as active wildfires continue to burn in the area. The Patry Creek fire, ignited by lightning in July 2023, is also a concern. Fraser highlighted the ongoing dry conditions and the potential for more fires this season. Some damaged properties remain hazardous, restricted to owners and workers only. Currently, 10 wildfires in BC are classified as out of control, including Parker Lake and Patry Creek.

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