After being forced from their homes in August, residents of Telegraph Creek are still months away from being able to rebuild.
Residents of the Tahltan Nation Territory were forced to evacuate the community due to a 118 thousand hectare blaze during this year’s record wildfires.
Today the community remains scorched by the flames with cleanup efforts alone expected to take months.
Crews are now beginning the arduous process of clearing out debris, ensuring access to drinkable water, and restoring police and health services.
However, according to Chief Rick McLean, the rebuilding of 21 structures devastated by the flames will have to wait until the ground thaws this spring.
Mobile homes will eventually be set up in the community to house those who lost their homes while they are being rebuilt.