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Vernon Wildfire: Rise Golf Course Area Fire 100 Per Cent Contained After Flames Spark Evacuation

08/15/2012 12:39 EDT | Updated 10/15/2012 05:12 EDT

UPDATE: Fire Information Officer Kayla Pepper confirmed in an e-mail that the fire is 100 per cent contained.

VERNON, B.C. - A potentially dangerous wildfire that has charred 36 hectares of grassland in the North Okanagan is now 100 per cent contained.

About two dozen firefighters worked through the night to build guards after the blaze was sparked Tuesday afternoon in grass near a subdivision and the Rise golf resort in Vernon's Bella Vista neighbourhood.

Fire information officer Kayla Pepper says a crew of 40 took over Wednesday morning and continued the containment efforts.

Strong winds had fanned the flames Tuesday, pushing them to within 10 metres of two homes and prompting a brief evacuation before crews were able to build guards to protect the properties.

The blaze was 20 per cent contained by late Tuesday night, with further guards in place before dawn.

A cause of the fire has not been determined.

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