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Lodgepole Fire Evacuation Lifted: Weather Co-Operates With Alberta Hamlet

05/15/2013 11:08 EDT | Updated 07/15/2013 05:12 EDT
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LODGEPOLE, Alta. - Residents who were forced to leave a small fire-threatened community in west-central Alberta are being allowed to return home.

Officials have lifted an evacuation order for Lodgepole, where about 150 people had to leave on a moment's notice last Sunday because of a nearby forest fire.

Rita Stagman, a spokeswoman for Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development, says the order has been lifted because the blaze is now listed as being held.

Stagman says the residents will remain on a two-hour evacuation notice, should conditions change on the fire lines.

The Lodgepole-area blaze southwest of Edmonton has scorched about 13-square kilometres, but Stagman says the wind and temperature are co-operating with firefighters and there have been showers in the area.

An evacuation order affecting about 100 people and prompted by a separate fire near Nordegg is still in place as the blaze is still listed as out of control.

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