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Princeton residents can finally return home today as evacuation order lifted

July 22, 2017 - 9:47 AM

Residents of Princeton will be able to return home as of 10 a.m. today, July 22, because most of the mandatory evacuation orders from a wildfire in the area will be lifted.

In a release Friday, the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen said while nearly all residents can return home, the firefight continues. 

Residents are warned that firefighters under the continued local state of emergency, firefighters may enter private property to access the fire. 

"All property owners and residents are asked to stay well back from crews and not interfere with their work," the RDOS says in the release. 

The return home will not include 17 homes along the southern end of Summers Creek Road due to the potential of falling trees and unstable rock slopes. People will remain on advisory Evacuation Alert and under a Local State of Emergency.

Residents along Highway 5A north of Summers Creek Road can get a clearance letter for their property from the Princeton Emergency Support Services Reception Centre at the Riverside Community Centre at 148 Old Hedley Road. The Reception Centre is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Residents can also phone the Reception Centre at 250-295-0202.

Highway 5A will remain closed but is expected to be reopened at 10:00 am on Monday, July 24th pending no change to wildfire conditions over the weekend. Summers Creek Rd will remain closed and access to Missezula Lake will only be through unmaintained logging roads. Missezula Lake property owners do not need access letters to use these unmaintained logging roads and will not be allowed to exit or enter using Summers Creek Rd. Missezula Lake contains 199 cabins and homes.

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