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Some evacuation orders downgraded as Mount Law wildfire threat eases

Flames from the Mount Law blaze on Friday night. Brenda Hauser

Residents of four properties in the Glenrosa area got word Sunday afternoon that they could return to their homes.

The Central Okanagan Emergency Operations Centre said it was able to downgrade the order to an alert for four properties on Turnbull Rd. “due to reduced fire activity on the north end of the Mount Law wildfire.”

The returning residents have been displaced from their properties for a week. They were ordered to leave last Sunday when the blaze originally sparked.

Five other developed properties remain under an evacuation order: 3713 Emerald Rd., 3725 Emerald Rd., 3770 Turnbull Rd., 4713 MacKinnon Rd., and 3250 Highway 97.

The BC Wildfire Service said Sunday morning that the threat from the 800-hectare Mount Law fire “has eased through much of the fire.”

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However, the fire service cautioned the fire, burning near West Kelowna, “is still uncontained in areas,” and will still be highly visible Sunday “whilst crews continue to work to contain this fire.”

Fire crews may be completing some controlled ignitions Sunday to “burn very small pockets of fuel between guards and the fire,” BC Wildfire Service said.

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With the threat easing in some areas, the wildfire service said it is “continually reviewing evacuation orders and alerts.”

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The fire service emphasized on Sunday that “no significant growth has been observed in the last 48 hours” due to cooler and wetter weather conditions.

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Indeed, the estimated size of the fire has not grown since last Monday.

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