June 24, 2019 9:39 pm
Updated: June 25, 2019 2:21 pm

Crews respond to new wildfire near Pender Harbour

Smoke billows from a wildfire near Pender Harbour Monday evening.

Luc Tremblay

BC Wildfire Service crews were called to the Sunshine Coast Monday evening to tackle a new fire near Pender Harbour.

The Cecil Hill blaze is two hectares in size and burning on a ridge above Madeira Park.

Pender Harbour Fire Chief Don Murray said the fire was first spotted around 5 p.m., and that it was burning “well above” any homes.

“But there are some radio towers up at the top of the hill making its way towards them,” he said.

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The BC Wildfire Service said three helicopters and three ground personnel were on site Monday evening, with air tankers also deployed.

It said no homes or structures were threatened.

Photos and video from the scene show a plume of smoke rising above the ridge, while helicopter crews used buckets to dump water on the flames.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.


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