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Evacuation order remains in place for one home due to Mt. Law fire

Residents can return home

UPDATE: 2 p.m.

There now remains just one property evacuated due to the Mount Law wildfire near Glenrosa, after the evacuation order was downgraded to an alert for one of the properties Saturday afternoon.

The property at 4713 MacKinnon Road has been taken off the evacuation order, which leaves just 3250 Highway 97 evacuated due to the fire.

"As a result of ongoing firefighting efforts and favourable weather that included the rainfall yesterday, conditions on the Mount Law wildfire are improving," Central Okanagan Emergency Operations said in an update Saturday.

"Returning residents are reminded that they may encounter various hazards on private properties as a result of the forest fire. Crews continue fire suppression in the area, and residents should stay out of the way of emergency vehicles and crews."

The fire remains classified as "out of control."

ORIGINAL: 11:30 a.m.

Fire crews are reminding the public to steer clear of the area around the Mount Law wildfire, after hikers and others have been recently spotted inside the restricted area boundaries.

The fire burning near the Glenrosa area of West Kelowna is now estimated at 976 hectares, and while fire behaviour has largely slowed over the past week, it remains burning out of control.

Saturday, West Kelowna Fire Rescue Chief Jason Brolund reminded people to stay out of the restricted zone to allow crews to work safely.

“Crews on the ground have noticed that some members of the public continue to enter the wildfire area for recreational purposes such as hiking and using off-road vehicles,” Brolund said.

“For the safety of the public and fire crews, we want to remind the community that there is an area restriction order in place and they should not be entering the fire area for recreation purposes.”

A map of the restricted area can be found below, but the restriction does not apply to private/residential properties.

Additional wildfire crews from Mexico arrived at the Mount Law fire Friday, and skimmers are planning on conducting practice water drops over the blaze Saturday afternoon.

"Work continues on the extinguishment of the spot fire on the east side of Drought creek and will also continue on the hot spots identified in the thermal imaging scan," the BC Wildfire Service said in a Saturday update.

"Mop up by crews continues throughout the fire perimeter and direct attack by crews is focused on the east side of the fire."

Central Okanagan Emergency Operations says the increased skimmer activity Saturday is largely for training purposes.

“With the additional crew members and the skimmer aircrafts visible to the public, please note that this increased activity is not the result of increased fire activity," Central Okanagan Emergency Operations said in a press release.

Boaters in the area have been asked to stay clear of the aircraft throughout the day.

Two properties, at 3250 Highway 97 and 4713 MacKinnon Road remain evacuated due to the fire.

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