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B.C. forest fire no longer a threat

Aug. 20, 2013, Osoyoos, B.C. – Emergency officials say a pair of fires in B.C.'s Interior that forced several residents from their homes and put dozens more on alert are no longer a threat.

August 20, 2013
By The Canadian Press

Aug. 20, 2013, Osoyoos, B.C. – Emergency officials say a pair of fires in B.C.'s Interior that forced several residents from their homes and put dozens more on alert are no longer a threat.

A forest fire near Spotted Lake, about 10 kilometres west of Osoyoos in the southern Interior, was discovered Monday and grew to 20 hectares in size.

The province's wildfire management branch says the fire prompted a small number of evacuations, but by Monday evening officials said those residents could return after they determined the fire no longer posed a danger.

The fire, which is believed to have been caused by humans, is still listed as active.

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Meanwhile, about 40 residents were placed on evacuation alert after a fire broke out at a landfill in the Vernon area.

The fire is believed to have started in a grinder machine, with high winds spreading the flames to garbage, wood chips and a nearby hillside before crews managed to get things under control.