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Evacuation order lifted for northern Canadian city after weeks of fire danger

An evacuation order was lifted for the northern Canadian city of Yellowknife on Wednesday, three weeks after a nearby wildfire forced the city’s 20,000 residents out of their homes.

The order for the capital of the Northwest Territories, which also included two the First Nation communities in the area, was downgraded Wednesday to an evacuation alert.

The fire is considered held, meaning it wasn’t expected to grow under current conditions.

Thousands of vehicles are expected to travel to Yellowknife in the coming days, and the first flight back to the territorial capital arrived this morning.

Angela Canning rushed to the highway Wednesday morning to wave at the stream of vehicles heading back to Yellowknife as the evacuation order was lifted.

The first flight back to the territorial capital arrived Wednesday morning.

The territory’s Emergency Management Organization has said more than 2,000 people have registered for re-entry flights.

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