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Evacuation orders rescinded near Embleton Mountain wildfire

A helicopter is seen emptying a bucket of water on the Embleton Mountain wildfire, July 20 2021.
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July 23, 2021 - 9:06 AM

The Thompson Nicola Regional District rescinded an evacuation order for 139 properties near the Embleton Mountain wildfire yesterday as firefighters contained the blaze within fire guards.

The municipality of Sun Peaks also rescinded the evacuation alert yesterday, July 22, which was first issued on July 11.

The 139 Whitecroft properties remain on evacuation alert, along with 14 other regional district properties in the area, as the blaze remains out of control.

The Embleton Mountain wildfire was first discovered on July 9 and has since grown to 920 hectares, according to B.C. Wildfire. It prompted the evacuation of at least 139 properties on July 11, but as wildfire crews continue to build fire guards on nearly all sides of the blaze and douse hotspots with helicopters, residents are now able to return home.

There has been no new growth recorded since July 21, according to the wildfire service. 

There are a total of 40 B.C. Wildfire personnel at the scene, with 20 working overnight.

They have assistance from Sun Peaks Fire Rescue, seven personnel to assess and fell dangerous trees, two structure protection crews, 10 heavy equipment units and three helicopters.

Heffley-Louis Creek Road remains closed to travellers east of Lake Bay Drive, with the exception of residents or those who own property in the area.

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