UPDATE: Oliver Mountain fire contained

UPDATE: Oliver Mountain fire contained

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A fire on Oliver Mountain is believed to be human caused. (Vanessa Broadbent)

UPDATE (11:00 a.m.):

Saturday evening’s wildfire on Oliver Mountain is now believed to be caused by lightning.

Initially, BC Wildfire Service stated that is was speculated the fire was human-caused.

“It could be that they suspected it to be human and then when they looked around they may have found a lightening tree or a spot where it hit the ground,” fire information office Nicole Bonnett explained.

UPDATE (8:20 p.m.):

A fire burning on Oliver Mountain is contained and poses no threat, says the Oliver Fire Department.

“The crew is knocking hot spots down right now,” said Captain Andrew Mason.

Air tankers supplied by BC Wildfire Service put a fire guard around the fire, Mason said.

“We called in the bombers to help us because we didn’t want it to go anywhere.”

Miller said the fire department will remain on scene overnight and continue to mop up.

The blaze is currently 3.5 hectares, BC Wildfire Service said.

“Crews are continuing to work with the Oliver Fire Department this evening,” fire information officer Nicole Bonnett said.

ORIGINAL STORY: 

A wildfire has sparked near a tower on Oliver Mountain, three kilometres west of town.

BC Wildfire Service is assisting the Oliver Fire Department and  has two crews and an air tanker on scene, said fire information officer Nicole Bonnett.

The fire is estimated to be two hectares in size and is suspected to be related to human activity, Bonnett said.

The fire was initially reported around 5:30 p.m.

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