Kamloops Fire Centre information officers Kayla Pepper and Melissa Welsh chat over the damage in Ellison Provincial Park Monday morning after a fire broke out in the park Sunday around 4 p.m.

Kamloops Fire Centre information officers Kayla Pepper and Melissa Welsh chat over the damage in Ellison Provincial Park Monday morning after a fire broke out in the park Sunday around 4 p.m.

Crews mop-up Ellison park fire

It's believed the fire is person-caused but investigation is ongoing



A wildfire sparked in Ellison Provincial Park is being mopped up as campers settle back in.

B.C. Forest Service crews are on site today at the two-hectare blaze, which broke out Sunday afternoon.

“They will ensure the fire is fully extinguished,” said Kayla Pepper, a fire information officer.

Rain helped bring the fire under control, along with the actions of the Forest Service and the Vernon Fire Department.

Approximately 250 people were evacuated from Ellison park and the Outback Resort was on alert Sunday evening.

“We had houses on the northeast side that could have been threatened had it taken off,” said Lawrie Skolrood, Vernon deputy fire chief.

“There was a good potential because it was candling near the road. But the winds blew back on the fire, it died right down and then we got the rain.”

Campers were allowed back into the park by about 8:40 p.m. Sunday.

A cause for the fire has not been determined.

“It’s suspected to be person-caused because there has been no lightning in the area,” said Pepper.

See Wednesday’s issue of The Morning Star for more.