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Fort McMurray evacuees were able to return home starting May 18.

Photo: The Canadian Press / Jeff McIntosh

The Canadian Press

Published at 2:28 UTC

The wildfire that forced thousands of people from their homes in Fort McMurray, Alberta, earlier this month is now under control.

Alberta Wildlife says the fire remains within 6 kilometers of the community and is approximately 190 square kilometers in size.

Around 6,600 residents in four neighborhoods were forced to leave their homes for several days as strong winds fanned nearby flames. The rest of Fort McMurray’s 68,000 residents had been warned they might have to leave quickly.

The fire was detected three weeks earlier and the causes are still under investigation.

For some, the fire brought back difficult memories of 2016, when a fire forced a mass evacuation of the city and burned more than 2,000 homes.

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