An evacuation order for a single island property has been lifted, but the state of local emergency remains in effect.
The 32-hectare fire burning in Copper Canyon in the Cowichan Valley area is now classified as ‘being held’ and according to a media release from the Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD), the evacuation order for 7990 Mount Prevost Rd. has been rescinded after recommendations from BC Wildfire Service and the CVRD Regional Emergency Operation Centre (REOC).
The CVRD says an evacuation alert is still in place for the property because of a potential danger to life and health from the fire. They also say the state of local emergency is still in effect for the area.
The BC Wildfire Service said smoke is still coming from the fire, but fire crews have extinguished between 100 to 200 feet around the entire perimeter.
The fire has been very stable over the last week and a solid perimeter is around the fire, according to Coastal Fire Centre information officer Marg Drysdale. She said there are currently 30 firefighters on scene with three water tenders in the “mopping up” stage.
Fire crews are expected to be mopping up, flipping all debris over and ensure it is no longer burning, over the next few days, according to Drysdale.
The CVRD is warning of smoke in the air from the fire and others in the province, creating poor air quality.
They’re asking those with pre-existing health conditions to be cautious when outdoors.
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