Premier says return to Fort McMurray delayed for some

Smoke from a wildfire rises behind homes in Fort McMurray. Mary Anne Sexsmith-Segato / Canadian Press via AP

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) – It could be September before some residents in Fort McMurray, Canada can return to their fire-damaged town.

More than 80,000 residents were evacuated because of a massive, fast-moving wildfire, and officials hope to start a phased in return starting Wednesday.

But Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says concerns about environmental contamination will delay the return of up to 2,000 evacuees.

The wildfire destroyed about 2,400 structures.

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