An Okanagan Landing firefighter rolls out more hose to help douse a fire spreading up the hillside by The Rise Tuesday afternoon.

An Okanagan Landing firefighter rolls out more hose to help douse a fire spreading up the hillside by The Rise Tuesday afternoon.

Bella Vista fire watched closely by emergency personnel

Crews on site during the evening to ensure hot spots don't grow

It was a long evening for Vernon and Okanagan Landing firefighters.

About 35 personnel monitored hot spots overnight near The Rise neighbourhood after a grass fire engulfed 36.3 hectares Tuesday afternoon.

“The fire is under joint investigation with B.C. Wildfire Management Branch and Vernon Fire Rescue and the cause of the fire is not known at this time,” said Jack Blair, deputy fire chief.

Also monitoring the blaze Tuesday night were crews from the B.C. Forest Service.

Two homes were evacuated after the fire came within 10 metres of the residences.

“It was stopped by a fire guard and firefighting efforts and the homes were not damaged,” said Blair.

“The residents who were evacuated have been allowed back in. No roads are closed in the area or to The Rise residents. The Rise Golf Course is open for business as usual.”