Crews continue to battle an out of control wildfire on a mountain roughly 30 kilometres southwest of Nanaimo.
According to Dorthe Jakobson, a fire information officer with the Coastal Fire Centre, there are 45 firefighters and four helicopters currently tackling a 16-hectare wildfire that has been burning on Green Mountain since July 31.
“It’s very slow going because of the access but at this time we have 40 per cent containment,” she said.
The wildfire was originally estimated at 15-hectares in size, but Jakobson said crews were able to get “technically” improved mapping of the fire.
“It’s actually 16 hectares in size,” she said.
Aside from the technical change, Jakobson said the fire’s size remains unchanged from yesterday. She also said there is no risk of evacuations at this time.
“It’s in a pretty remote area,” said Jakobson.
B.C. Wildfire Service continues to list the wildfire’s status as out of control. Jakobson said lighting is suspected to have caused wildfire.
“We think it was started by lighting but that hasn’t been nailed down yet,” she said.
Green Mountain is located about 30-kilometres southwest of Nanaimo, near Fourth Lake.
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