FINTRY, B.C. — Residents evacuated from one of three raging forest fires in British Columbia’s Okanagan have been allowed to return home.

 

About half of the 2,200 people forced to leave their homes by the Terrace Mountain fire Thursday are returning home now that the fire threat has been downgraded.

 

The fire is now estimated to be 4,500 hectares in size and is 20 per cent contained. Despite improved conditions, another 1,000 people remain evacuated.

 

Tom Ginn was near the front of the line waiting to go home Saturday morning. In the 15 years he’s lived in the area, he’s been told to evacuate three times, but this is the first time he’s actually packed up and left. Ginn says somehow this fire seemed more threatening.

 

On Thursday the fire was burning from tree top to tree top, but it’s now burning on the ground, making it easier for crews to fight.

A state of emergency has been lifted for Peachland due to the total containment of fires in Glenrosa and Rose Valley. About 11,000 people were forced to leave their homes last weekend but all have since returned.