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Slave Lake evacuees to return home in days, mayor says

The south-east corner of Slave Lake, was destroyed by fires. An aerial view around Slave Lake, Alberta on May 19, 2011.

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The mayor of Slave Lake says residents of the fire-scarred town in northern Alberta could be returning home within days.

Karina Pillay-Kinnee has outlined a plan that calls for evacuees to go back to their town in three stages.

She said essential workers at hospitals, utilities and the municipality will be allowed back Wednesday.

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If that goes well, staff from businesses such as banks and grocery stores will be able to return Thursday.

Town residents will be able to go home on Friday - as long as there are no problems.

Ms. Pillay-Kinnee said cleanup and repair crews have been working non-stop, and power and utility workers are ready to start reconnecting services.

More to come.

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