The Village of Zeballos has rescinded an evacuation order for all but seven properties affected by wildfires last summer.
Twenty-seven properties in the northwest Vancouver Island community were ordered to leave after hillside fires raged nearby in August.
No homes were damaged, but stability concerns on the hillside prompted the evacuation order September 8 because of potential for a landslide and damage from debris flow.
Properties still under an evacuation order include 402-B, 404 and 406 Ferries Road, 102, 104 and 106 Maquinna Avenue and 206 Pandora Crescent.
The village says the updated local state of emergency for those properties will stay in place until May 8, unless cancelled by officials.
Some families moved to other communities during the evacuation notice, while others decided to return home and a hotel that was part of the evacuation zone decided to return to business.
Construction berms and fencing are among recommendations from a geo-hazard report on ways to mitigate the mountainside’s remaining risk.
With files from CBC.