Wildfire burning south of Telegraph Cove grows to 80 hectares

Wildfire burning south of Telegraph Cove grows to 80 hectares

A wildfire near Kaikash Creek is burning out of control. A map from the B.C. Wildfire Service shows the location of the fire.

A wildfire burning out of control on the North Island has more than tripled in size in the past 24 hours, according to the B.C. Wildfire Service.

The blaze, which is burning in a logging cut block near Kaikash Creek, between Sayward and Port McNeill, was discovered on Tuesday. It is now estimated to be 80 hectares in size, up from 25 hectares reported on Wednesday.

READ MORE: 25-hectare wildfire burning south of Telegraph Cove

The Coastal Fire Centre said the fire hasn’t spread to the forest.

Twenty-four firefighters, four helicopters and two pieces of heavy equipment are working to bring the fire under control.

“Yesterday we had some wind, which didn’t help the situation,” Nicole Gagnon, a fire information officer from the Coastal Fire Centre, said. “The fire is in rugged terrain and it’s steep, it’s hard to get to, so the fire has been moving up towards the top of the ridge.”

Gagnon said the crews are doing a “burn-off” as they fight the fire.

“They’re bringing the fire to a containment line and then that will allow the resources on site to contain the fire,” Gagnon said.

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