Homeowners evacuated from their properties because of a wildfire in the Murray Lake area are free to return to their properties.

The Thompson-Nicola Regional District rescinded its evacuation order for properties adjacent to Murray Lake in electoral area N (Beautiful Nicola Valley-South) as of noon on July 24.

Homeowners in the Murray Lake area were evacuated on July 15 as a wildfire

As of Thursday, the 340-hectare wildfire was approximately 45 per cent contained and more than 100 wildfire firefighters continued to build fireguards and put out hotspots.

The Murray Lake wildfire is located approximately 60 kilometres south of Merritt, just west of Highway 5.

Rain and cooler temperatures in the forecast helped crews contain the blaze late last week.

The fire was reported July 14 and is believed to have been caused by a lightning strike.

At its peak, the wildfire reached 450 hectares.

An estimated 35 properties were affected by the evacuation order.