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UPDATE: Wildfire burning north of Clearwater seen from throughout district

The blaze is estimated to be about 0.8 hectares
A wildfire is burning just north of Clearwater across from Bain Road. (Stephanie Hagenaars/Clearwater Times)

A wildfire burning in Clearwater has many on alert.

The fire was called in at 8:45 a.m. Monday morning, according to Blackpool fire chief Mike Savage. Photos of the fire posted to Facebook Monday morning show the fire quickly grew over the next few hours.

The fire appeared to be at the edge of a clear-cut section of land near the Jones Creek area a few kilometres north of Clearwater. Because of the location of the fire, it is within the jurisdiction of BC Wildfire Service.

A BCWS spokesperson confirmed that seven crew members arrived on the site of the fire, and another 8 joined shortly after. The Times was unable to confirm where the BCWS crews arrived from. It took crews 2.5 hours to arrive on scene.

The fire is estimated to be about 2.5 hectares in size.

It is suspected the fire is human-caused and is under investigation.

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