Grass fire breaks out on highway south of Vernon

Grass fire                                Firefighters from B.C. Wildfire and Vernon Fire Rescue Services responded to a grass wildfire sparked along the side of Highway 97 south, near the Predator Ridge turnoff, on Thursday afternoon. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)Grass fire Firefighters from B.C. Wildfire and Vernon Fire Rescue Services responded to a grass wildfire sparked along the side of Highway 97 south, near the Predator Ridge turnoff, on Thursday afternoon. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
BC Wildfire crews joined Vernon and Coldstream firefighters to extinguish a grass fire on the hillside south of Vernon off Highway 97 Thursday afternoon. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)BC Wildfire crews joined Vernon and Coldstream firefighters to extinguish a grass fire on the hillside south of Vernon off Highway 97 Thursday afternoon. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
Grass fire breaks out on highway south of Vernon
(Sean Heddle - 5iveby5ivemedia)(Sean Heddle - 5iveby5ivemedia)
(Sean Heddle - 5iveby5ivemedia)(Sean Heddle - 5iveby5ivemedia)

BC Wildfire and firefighters from the Vernon and Coldstream departments are on scene of a grass fire that broke out on Highway 97 between Oyama and Vernon.

The fire sparked on Thursday afternoon around 3:30 p.m.

Traffic is backed up for one kilometre and reduced to a single lane heading southbound.

By 4 p.m., the fire had been extinguished and firefighters began mopping up hot spots.

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