Dashwood Volunteer Fire Department posted this photo to its Facebook page late Wednesday, Aug. 8. It shows smoke from a small wildfire near Cook Creek that was visible from Highway 19A at Baylis Road. — Dashwood Volunteer Fire Department Facebook photo

UPDATE: Spot fire burning west of Bowser ‘under control’

BC Wildfire Service estimates fire is 0.01 ha., close to Thames Creek

A spot fire west of Bowser is under control, according to the Coastal Fire Centre.

Natasha Broznitsky, fire information officer with the Coastal Fire Centre, said the BC Wildfire Service responded to a wildfire west of Bowser Wednesday night (Aug. 8), and “is currently considered to be under control.”

“It’s not going to spread beyond its containment. It is considered to be 100 per cent contained.”

The estimated size of the fire is 0.01 ha. A map from BC Wildfire Service is showing it to be near Thames Creek.

“It’s certainly small in size; you could call it a spot fire,” Broznitsky.

Broznitsky said there are three firefighters on site today (Aug. 9).

As of Thursday afternoon, BC Wildfire Service is reporting that it is a suspected person-caused fire.

Dashwood Volunteer Fire Department posted to Facebook Wednesday evening that smoke was visible from Highway 19A at Baylis Road.

The NEWS has reached out to BC Wildfire Service for more information. We will update the story when we find out more.

Nearby, there is still also an estimated five-hectare active fire in the Beaufort Range that broke out early Tuesday, Aug. 7. The Beaufort Range fire is suspected to be human caused, according to BC Wildfire Service.

According to a news release from the Regional District of Nanaimo, the Beaufort Range fire is within the RDN boundaries and 11 personnel, two helicopters and the Cherry Creek Fire Department were responding to the fire as of Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 8.

— NEWS Staff

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