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The remains of a burnt down residence are pictured along highway 3 in Rock Creek, B.C., Sunday, August 16, 2015. A wildfire swept through the area on Thursday claiming 29 homes and sending hundreds fleeing from the flames.

JONATHAN HAYWARD/The Canadian Press

Progress is being made on a huge wildfire that has destroyed 30 homes and 15 other buildings east of Osoyoos, B.C.

The BC Wildfire Service says guards have been built around 25 per cent of the Rock Creek blaze.

Fire information officer Mike McCully said crews have also managed to map the wildfire more accurately and it is now estimated at just over 40 square kilometres.

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He said firefighters could be challenged Wednesday by weather conditions as temperatures around Osoyoos were forecast to soar near the mid-30s and winds were expected to gust to 40 kilometres per hour.

Many residents have been allowed to return since being forced out last Thursday when the human-caused blaze was sparked.

The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary downgraded on Wednesday night the evacuation order on about 100 homes to an evacuation alert.

A stretch of Highway 33 remained closed, but the regional district said local traffic would be permitted to residents with passes.

More than 100 firefighters, seven helicopters and 14 pieces of heavy equipment are working to contain the fire.

The province announced Wednesday that liquor stores will be accepting donations to help people displaced by wildfires as part of an effort by the Red Cross.

The money would be used for blankets, food and water, to reunite evacuees with family members and for long-term needs such as rent and replacement of equipment so people can return to work.

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