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B.C. wildfire crews make progress on major fires

The Allie Lake wildfire as seen from the air last week. BC Wildfire Service

Rain and cooler temperatures have helped B.C. wildfire crews get the upper hand on some major fires burning in the province and give previously evacuated residents the all-clear to go back home.

READ MORE: Crews look to mid-week rain for relief as B.C. wildfires hold steady

The Allie Lake wildfire is now fully contained and the B.C. Wildfire Service is thanking the more than  seven millimeters of rain Tuesday night for helping with the suppression efforts.

The Thompson-Nicola Regional District has downgraded all evacuation orders and alerts issued due to the wildfire burning about 55 kilometres northwest of Kamloops.

Recreation sites in the Allie Lake fire area remain closed and an area restriction, limiting access to a large area around the fire, is still in place.

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READ MORE: Evacuation orders and alerts rescinded for Allie Lake wildfire

The Xusum Creek wildfire is still considered out of control, but wildfire crews have reached a 35 per cent containment on the blaze burning west of Lillooet, near Anderson Lake.

As of 5 p.m. on Tuesday, the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District lifted the evacuation alerts for McGillivray Recreation Retreat and properties on Highline Road.

On Wednesday, it also lifted an evacuation order, and reopened Highline Road.

The Tommy Lakes wildfire, burning north of Fort St. John and estimated to be 22,659 hectares, is 10 per cent contained.

Evacuation orders and alerts issued by the Peace River Regional District due to this fire are still in place.

READ MORE: Huge wildfire burning north of Fort St. John forces evacuation order

Wildfires officials say there has been little growth on the fire on Wednesday, adding calmer winds and cooler temperatures helped the fire suppression efforts.

The B.C. Wildfire Service is advising people in the Fort St. John area they may smell smoke from the Tommy Lakes fire and smoke may be visible to the public in the vicinity of the fire.

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WATCH: Aired May 28: Summer has not arrived yet but several evacuation orders and alerts remain in place as B.C. crews try to contain major wildfires burning in the province. Geoff Hastings has the latest.

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