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Fire crews mopping up Testalinden Creek Wildfire

OLIVER —┬áIt has been an interesting month for people living in and around Oliver, as the Testalinden Creek Wildfire burned stubbornly. Officials say the fire is no longer a threat to properties living in the interface area and so the evacuation alert for 180 homes has been lifted.

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Mop up operations are underway as 99 firefighters, a couple helicopters and five pieces of heavy equipment assist.

The wildfire is 90 per cent contained and has scorched 5,143 hectares.

Small plumes of smoke were seen rising from the hillside over Oliver Tuesday.

“We did have some snow on top of Reed Ridge here, with a little bit of rain, which is great but not enough to put the fire out completely. So it will take a little while longer before residents don’t see any smoke at all,” says fire information officer Colette Fauchon.

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Hunters are being reminded north of Road 13 near the wildfire is a restricted area.