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Ellison Provincial Park Wildfire Forces Campers Out Temporarily

07/15/2013 08:14 EDT | Updated 09/14/2013 05:12 EDT
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Firefighters battle the Powerhouse wildfire in Lake Hughes, California, approximately 66 miles (100 km) north of Los Angeles in the Angeles National Forest, at dawn on June 2, 2013. The wind-fueled Powerhouse Fire has ravaged over 19,500 acres, destroyed at least five homes and is threatening over 1,000 more structures. It is 20 percent contained, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department. AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
VERNON, B.C. - Forestry crews are keeping watch on the remains of a two hectare fire at Ellison Provincial Park, about 15 kilometres south of Vernon, B.C.

It broke out around mid-afternoon on Sunday, forcing 250 campers to flee, closing nearby roads and putting the Outback Resort on evacuation alert.

Crews had assessed the danger and everyone was allowed back into the area, along the northeastern shore of Okanagan Lake, but about 8:30 Sunday night.

Evacuation alerts and road closures were also lifted.

Twenty-three firefighters from the forests ministry and a 30-member crew from Vernon helped corral the flames, assisted by air tankers and an overnight rain shower.

There's no word, yet, what sparked the blaze, but it's thought to have been human caused because there were no lightning strikes in the area. (CKIZ)

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