British Columbia

Evacuation alert lifted after grass fire contained near Pemberton

The B.C. Wildfire Service said the fire near Mount Currie was about 95 hectares — almost a square kilometre — in size and out of control at its peak.

Fire peaked at about 95 hectares — almost a square kilometre — in size, according to wildfire service

A grass fire burns in Winnipeg in 2018. More than a dozen properties were on evacuation alert after a grass fire was sparked near Pemberton, B.C., on April 9. (UFFW/Facebook)

An evacuation alert affecting people in 15 homes near Pemberton, B.C., has been lifted now that firefighters have contained a grassfire that was sparked Tuesday.

Late Wednesday, the Lil'wat First Nation said the fire was monitored overnight and brought under control.

The fire was about 95 hectares — almost a square kilometre — in size and out of control at its peak, according to the B.C. Wildfire Service.

The service said more than a dozen of its firefighters were dispatched to help local fire crews suppress the flames.

"We are seeing a few more fires this time of year than we're used to and [this one] is human caused, we suspect, so we're asking people to continue to be vigilant and be careful," said Dorothy Jakobsen, who speaks for the wildfire service's Coastal Fire Centre.

With files from the Canadian Press

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