Firefighters Getting Upper Hand

Crews will remain on the scene overnight

8/14/2012

Firefighters will remain on the scene of a stubborn grass fire overnight to ensure any hotspots are extinguished.

The huge grass fire broke out just before 3pm Tuesday afternoon in the area of the switchback on the way to The Rise.

 Vernon Chief Keith Green says the wind has been a big problem, but by early evening they were starting make progress.  He says the lower portion and eastern portion toward houses is pretty much in containment mop-up stage, even though there have been a few flare-ups of the fuel that wasn't burned.

 Two homes at the Rise were evacuated about 4:45pm when the fire came dangerously close.

 Fire Information officer Kayla Pepper says gusty winds did not helping the situation.

 She says forestry sent more crews to assist.  21 firefighters from the Vernon Fire Zone are assisting Okanagan Landing and Vernon firefighters, as well BX Swan Lake Volunteers.  Air support included two helicopters bucketing water and four air tankers dumping fire retardant on the perimeter.

 No word yet on how the fire started.