UPDATE: Baldy fire nearly extinguished

UPDATE: Baldy fire nearly extinguished

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BC Wildfire Crews responded to a new wildfire in the Mount Baldy area. (BC Wildfire Service)

UPDATE:

BC Wildfire Service crews are extinguishing hot spots of a wildfire that was discovered Sunday morning in the Mount Baldy area, roughly 15 kilometres east of Oliver.

The fire, suspected to be lightning-caused, was initially 2.1 hectares in size and peaked at 8.5 hectares.

Currently, the blaze is classified as being held and five firefighters remain on site, Fire Information Officer Marla Catherall said.

On Sunday, an initial attack crew of three firefighters and three helicopters responded to the fire.

Fire Information Officer Rachel Witt said cooler temperatures and low wind speeds made it easier to contain the burn.

“(Fire crews) have a really good handle on it with weather cooperating,” she said. “It’s going really well.”

A helicoptor draws water from a reservoir during efforts to battle a wildfire near Mount Baldy. (Rich Walchuk photo)

ORIGINAL STORY:

BC Wildfire Service is responding to a new wildfire in the Mount Baldy area discovered this morning.

An initial attack crew of three firefighters and three helicopters is currently battling the 2.1 hectare blaze, roughly 15 kilometres east of Oliver.

Fire Information Officer Rachel Witt said today’s cooler temperatures and low wind speeds have made it easier to contain the burn.

“(Fire crews) have a really good handle on it with weather cooperating,” she said. “It’s going really well.”

The cause of the fire is not yet known.

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