Jack Blair

Jack Blair

Bella Vista grass fire 100 per cent contained

Firefighters anticipate hot spots could continue for a few weeks

Firefighters now have a handle on the Bella Vista grass fire.

The 36.3-hectare blaze near The Rise neighbourhood is now 100 per cent contained.

Ministry of Forests personnel have been digging guards to ensure the fire doesn’t spread if there is a flare-up again.

The fire broke out just after 3 p.m. Tuesday, forcing two homes to be evacuated.

“The neighbours were here and they grabbed everything important — pictures, passports,” said Sharon Ertl, who just moved to Vernon from Red Deer, Alta.

Ertl and the occupants off the other residence were allowed to return home by 9:30 p.m. Tuesday.

“I kept waking up to see hot spots. But the guys were all out there so I knew we were safe,” said Ertl.

There is still the possibility of hot spots.

“It could be as late as a week before it pops up,” said Jack Blair, a Vernon deputy fire chief.

“We will be monitoring this for the next week or two weeks.”

A cause for the fire has still not been determined, and Blair would not speculate on whether an abandoned cigarette may be responsible.

“It’s still under investigation at this time,” he said.