More than a thousand residents ordered from their home Wednesday in the District of Hudson's Hope and relocated to Fort St. John can now go home.

An advisory on the district's website says officials have determined the imminent danger to life and property that existed has diminished enough to allow people to return.

While the threat of the fire overrunning the town has eased, locals have been told that they'll need to remain on evacuation alert and may have to leave with little notice.

Residents were ordered out when the 160-square-kilometre Mount McAllister wildfire was burning so fiercely that B.C.'s Wildfire Management Branch wouldn't put crews on the ground to fight the blaze.

It rained overnight for the first time in weeks, but there's a forecast of thunderstorms in the area, and officials say there is still a concern the storms could bring strong winds and lightning.

There are about 140 wildfires burning in the province, but only six of those have forced residents from their homes.

The Hudson's Hope fire was by far the largest evacuation.


With files from The Canadian Press