Wildfires forced thousands of Albertans to temporarily leave their homes this spring, but hundreds of residents are still grappling with the effects of last year’s fires, having no homes yet to return to.

The northern Alberta community of Fox Lake was the hardest hit during last year’s wildfire season, losing more than 200 structures, including 100 homes, a grocery store, an RCMP detachment and a water treatment plant.

Fox Lake is a remote community that lies on the south side of the Peace River, about 550 kilometres north of Edmonton.

It’s home to the majority of members of the Little Red River Cree Nation. About 4,000 residents fled Fox Lake in early May of last year as the Paskwa fire approached.