Rise Fire Now 70% Contained

Crews made good progress overnight

8/15/2012

The grass fire near The Rise in Vernon is now 70 per cent contained.

The fire, which broke out at 3:00 Tuesday afternoon was pushed by erratic winds.  The blaze grew to just over 36 hectares in size.
Fire information officer Kayla Pepper says they made good progress overnight.

She says the forestry and Vernon firefighters worked hard overnight.  She says they're changing shifts with 40 firefighters on the scene this morning.  She says the fire behaviour has died down quite a bit and there is just minimal smoke in the area.

Two homes were evacuated when the blaze came within 10 metres of the buildings. 
Thankfully they were not damaged and no one was injured.

The cause of the fire has not been determined.