Wrigley, N.W.T., residents return home

The evacuation of Wrigley, N.W.T., due to a forest fire has been lifted, and people are returning home from Fort Simpson.

Voluntary evacuation due to firest fire lifted

This photo, taken July 2, shows the blaze near Wrigley. Fire officials have been fighting the blaze for over a week now. (NWT Department of Environment and Natural Resources)

The evacuation of Wrigley, N.W.T., due to a forest fire has been lifted, and people are returning home from Fort Simpson.

The N.W.T. government had asked people to leave Wrigley on Monday as a precaution because of a nearby forest fire and heavy smoke.

Regional superintendent Mike Drake said the weather has improved the situation.

"The wind is in the opposite direction and it has started to rain there," he said. "We will be sending people home now as of 11 o'clock this morning. They should be gassing up and heading home as we speak."

Acting Chief Elsie Hardisty said people are anxious to get home. She said there's still smoke in the mountains, but it's not bad in the community.