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Logan Lake residents returning home; evacuation order downgraded to alert

The Tremont Creek wildfire within Logan Lake, Aug. 14, 2021.
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August 19, 2021 - 1:48 PM

As the Tremont Creek wildfire becomes less fo an imminent threat, the evacuation order was downgraded to an alert at noon today for Logan Lake residents who are already returning home.

The Tremont Creek wildfire approached the northern perimeters of the community, but no structures were lost.

Residents returning home today, Aug. 19, greeted fire crews by honking their horns and waving to show their appreciation for keeping their homes safe, Logan Lake fire chief Doug Wilson said.

"We have 20 or 30 pieces of equipment here as we are welcoming all the residents back home," Wilson said.

The Tremont Creek wildfire is currently estimated at 62,523 hectares, but evacuation orders near Cherry Creek were also downgraded recently after rain and cooler temperatures calmed fire activity.

Residents were evacuated on Aug. 12, and they can expect to find their barbecues and patio furniture moved away from their homes as they return, while others may find coloured tape left around their properties.

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Any resident with tape around their property is asked not to remove it yet and consider seeking advice from the local fire department for how to better fire smart their home, according to a welcome home package released on the community's website.

More information on what to expect when returning home from the Logan Lake evacuation can be found here.

According to the community evacuation alert notice, residents returning home to the Ponderosa Apartments may find their suites are not livable. Water damage from the sprinkler system has created a mold risk for all units, and the water has especially damaged units 108 to 114, according to the press release.

Logan Lake residents can use either Highway 97D from Ashcroft or 97C from Highway 5 to return home.

All trails in the surrounding area of Logan Lake remain closed due to the wildfire.

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