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UPDATE: Crews contain 0.72-hectare fire near Cameron Lake

Small blaze continues into Wednesday evening as firefighters remain on site

A small fire on the north side of Cameron Lake near Mt. Horne continued to burn into the evening Wednesday but was contained at 0.72 hectares, the Coastal Fire Centre in Parksville reported.

The small blaze was reported around 6 a.m. Wednesday, on land owned by Island Timberlands.

The Coastal Fire Centre dispatched an initial attack crew and two helicopters with water buckets to the fire. A plume of smoke was clearly visible from Highway 4, on the opposite shore of Cameron Lake, but a Coastal Fire Centre spokesperson said Wednesday morning that the fire was “very small.”

By 3 p.m. Wednesday, the helicopters had completed their work and the fire was being contained by a crew of nine firefighters and a water tender. At that time the Coastal Fire Centre was able to confirm the size of the fire at 0.72 hectares, and added additional contract crews of firefighters were expected to be dispatched by Island Timberlands.

At 6 p.m. smoke could still be observed, but the spokesperson said the Coastal Fire Centre hoped it would soon be able to announce the fire was extinguished.

— With files from Parksville Qualicum Beach News

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