Evac lifted for Loon Lake

Loon Lake residents will be going home Sunday.

While the Elephant Hill Wildfire remains active in some areas of the Thompson-Nicola region, the imminent threat posed by the fire has currently diminished to the point that property owners in the Loon Lake area can return to their properties effective 1 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 20.

Officials said work will continue today in the Loon Lake area to secure it for the safety of anyone returning to the area tomorrow, including addressing dangerous trees along public roadways and ensuring services such as community water, 911 Emergency, hydro and telephone are available.

Residents are reminded that the Loon Lake area remains on Evacuation Alert. While the Elephant Hill Wildfire remains active, residents need to stay vigilant and must be prepared to leave at any time. Residents will be given as much advance warning as possible prior to an evacuation; however at times only limited notice can be provided due to changing conditions.

There are areas surrounding Loon Lake that remain on evacuation order, and travel in these areas continues to be restricted.

RCMP will remain in the area to monitor and restrict access to those areas.

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