Residents of Moyie are breathing a sigh of relief as they return to their homes.
Evacuation Orders and Alerts were lifted for approximately 400 surrounding properties Monday after being in place since September 1st due to the raging Lamb Creek wildfire.
Doris Foesier got back to her house Tuesday, two and half weeks ago after approaching flames forced her to flee.
Foesier, who has lived in Moyie since 2002, said she watched the fire come down the hill to the side of her property on that first day of September, when it seemed the fire reached a whole new level.
She nervously laughed as she described the sleepless night that Friday of the Labour Day long weekend.
Walking around her house with a garbage bag, Foesier said her property was fine except some smelly leftovers in the fridge.
However she couldn’t help pointing out her flowers were beautiful when she left but they weren’t much to look at now.
In the 15 years Foesier has lived in Moyie, she says she never saw anything quite like the Lamb Creek blaze.
Kevin Sproule actually never left his home during the Evacuation Order.
He suggests he couldn’t or he would have lost his mind worrying about his property, which sits just below Lamb Creek.
Sproule said he watched wildfire crews go by his house every day, knowing if he saw them running the other way it was time to leave.
Pausing for a moment, he did admit at one point he thought his family was going to lose it all.
Sproule said he learned a lot in the process and looking back he wished he would have removed more trees and brush around his property.
In addition to many Facebook posts, Sproule said wanted to thank BC Wildfire Crews one more time.
He claimed some residents were giving wildfire crews and RCMP a hard time because they felt they should have been able to return home sooner.
However, Sproule asserts the fire fighters themselves were just doing their job – and a great job at that.
Fosier agreed and wanted thank the crews as well for letting her return to her home with it still in one piece.
BC Wildfire Crews have the 2,157 hectare Lamb Creek fire 50 per cent contained.
– Resident Doris Foesier
– Resident Kevin Sproule who did not evacuate during order