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Evacuation orders lifted in B.C. fire

KELOWNA, British Columbia, July 25 (UPI) -- A wildfire in western Canada was reportedly 25 percent contained Saturday as hundreds of residents were allowed back in their homes.

The Terrace Mountain Fire was one of three burning in south-central British Columbia, but two were declared contained Friday. Fire officials said high humidity was helping firefighters, The Province reported.

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The fire was 20 percent contained Friday. Evacuation orders were lifted Saturday morning for 1,200 people, but another 800 remained out of their homes.

Also Saturday, an aerial bomber plane flipped over as the pilot touched down on a lake to take on more water, Canwest News Service reported. The pilot was able to get out of the aircraft without any apparent injuries.

Weather forecasters warned hot, dry weather is expected to return to the area Monday. The Emergency Operations Center warned those with houses near the fire that, if they return to their homes, they should be ready for another evacuation at a moment's notice, The Vancouver Sun said.

"Due to some favorable conditions caused by the rain, cooler weather and the work overnight and today of firefighters and heavy-equipment operators, the evacuation order has been lifted with the caution that this is a huge fire that remains only 20 percent contained and is relatively close to these inhabited areas," Jason Johnson, the center's deputy director, said Friday.

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Emergency measures included asking boaters to stay out of some lakes 250 miles north of Vancouver, allowing firefighting planes to use the lakes to refill tanks.

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