The Sunshine Coast Regional District (SCRD) has cancelled the state of local emergency it declared on Sept. 15 in response to the Clowhom Lake fire.
The evacuation order for seven properties has been downgraded to an evacuation alert, said a Sept. 23 news release from the SCRD.
Favourible weather and BC Wildfire's operational progress were credited for the status downgrade. The emergency operations centre remains active.
The release notes that people returning to evacuated properties should to be prepared for fire damage-related hazards. "Anyone re-entering the area should be prepared to deal with hazards including but not limited to danger trees, erosion and the impacts of rainfall as well as continuing fire operations including crew, aviation and heavy equipment work," said the release.
There will be "low-vigor fire activity" in the area and smoke visible well into the fall, said the release.
As of Sept. 21, the fire was estimated at 415 hectares. It was discovered Aug. 29, and is suspected to have been caused by lightning, according to the BC Wildfire Service (BCWS) map.